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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parasang A Persian measure of length, which, according to Herodotus and Xenophon, was thirty stadia, or somewhat more than three and a half miles. The measure varied in different times and places, and, as now used, is estimated at from three and a half to four English miles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parasang A Persian measure of length, reckoned by Herodotus at 30 stadia, and thus equivalent to about English miles. At different times and places, however, the parasang has been equivalent to 30, 40, or 60 Greek stadia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parasang par′a-sang a Persian measure of length, containing 30 stadia, equal to about 3¾ miles.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. parasanga, Gr., from Old Persian; cf. Per. farsang,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. parasangēs—Pers. farsang.


In literature:

The bridge of Menbigz, or Hierapolis, at the distance of four parasangs from the city.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2" by Edward Gibbon
The trench was carried inland through the plain, twelve parasang's distance, to the wall of Media (1).
"Anabasis" by Xenophon
Now this city is several hundred parasangs in circumference.
"Letters to Dead Authors" by Andrew Lang
Thence they advanced five parasangs.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Hence they advanced, seven days' journey, a distance of fifty parasangs, through the country of the Chalybes.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
My friends, the Parasangs, both died last week.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
Women do as much by men; nay more, far fonder, weaker, and that by many parasangs.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
The 9th of August we went only one parasang to a river.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
The building is situated on a high hill, one parasang from the city, and on a tongue of land which the sea surrounds on three sides.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
From Montpellier it is four parasangs to Lunel, in which there is a congregation of Israelites, who study the Law day and night.
"The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela" by Benjamin of Tudela
They replied that he was not there, but about a parasang off.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece" by Various
Having proceeded some five parasangs on my road I saw a strange figure walking before me at a good pace, singing with all his throat.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Hence he proceeded two days' march, ten parasangs, to Thymbrium, a populous city.
"The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis" by Xenophon
Started at eleven, and travelled till eleven next morning, having gone ten parasangs or forty miles, to Quishlang.
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
From this river they reached the Euphrates in six marches, making, as usual, five parasangs each day; in all, thirty parasangs, or hours.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard