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[ahr-puh nt; French ar-pahn] /ˈɑr pənt; French arˈpɑ̃/
noun, plural arpents
[ahr-puh nts; French ar-pahn] /ˈɑr pənts; French arˈpɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
an old French unit of area equal to about one acre (0.4 hectare). It is still used in the province of Quebec and in parts of Louisiana.
Origin of arpent
1570-80; < Middle French < Latin arepennis half-acre < Gaulish; akin to MIr airchenn unit of area Unabridged
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/ˈɑːpənt; French arpɑ̃/
a former French unit of length equal to 190 feet (approximately 58 metres)
an old French unit of land area equal to about one acre: still used in Quebec and Louisiana
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, probably from Late Latin arepennis half an acre, of Gaulish origin; related to Middle Irish airchenn unit of land measure
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