a former English unit of measure, mainly
, equal to 45 inches, or any of various other European
measures of different lengths
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Word origin of 'ell'ME elle, elne < OE eln, akin to Ger elle < Gmc *alinō, lit., arm, hence arm's length < IE base *elei-, to bend, *olina, elbow > L ulna, arm, elbow, Gr ōlenē, elbow