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carucate

[kar-oo-keyt, -yoo-] /ˈkær ʊˌkeɪt, -yʊ-/
noun
1.
an old English unit of land-area measurement, varying from 60 to 160 acres.
Origin of carucate
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin carrūcāta, equivalent to car(r)ūc(a) plow, plow team (Latin: traveling carriage, with the sense “wheeled plow” in Gaul (> French charru plow); akin to Latin carrus four-wheeled Gaulish wagon; see car1) + -āta -ate1
Related forms
carucated, adjective
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  • I have throughout assumed that 120 acres make the hide or carucate.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • And he took from every carucate throughout the whole kingdom 20s.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9) Francis Aidan Gasquet
  • A carucate is the extent cultivated by one plough in one year and a day (120 acres).

  • A Welshman in this manor had half a carucate, and rendered i. sextar of honey.

  • Rather we regard the matter thus:—The geld is a land-tax, a tax of so much per hide or carucate.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • In the financial system, as we have said, the carucate plays for some counties the part that is played for others by the hide.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • Of the five hide unit I already knew a good deal; of the six carucate unit I knew nothing.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • If every inch of the vill is ploughed, the carucate can only have 75 acres, and each team tills but 60.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • This would give a very small value for the carucate, if the hida of this district had six carucates; and in many cases 2s.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • On the other hand, if the carucate paid two shillings, its value has been stated in some abnormal fashion.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

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