Hand (unit) facts for kids
The hand is a unit of measurement of length. It is now used only to measure the height of horses in some English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. This unit started in ancient Egypt and was originally based on the distance across a human hand. Today it is equal to four inches or 10.16 centimeters. It may be abbreviated to "h" or the plural "hh".
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Detail of the cubit rod in the Museo Egizio of Turin, showing digit, palm, hand and fist lengths
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