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[fing-kuh; Spanish feeng-kah] /ˈfɪŋ kə; Spanish ˈfiŋ kɑ/
noun, plural fincas
[fing-kuh z; Spanish feeng-kahs] /ˈfɪŋ kəz; Spanish ˈfiŋ kɑs/ (Show IPA)
a ranch or large farm in a Spanish-speaking country, especially a plantation in tropical Spanish America.
Origin of finca
1905-10; < Spanish: property, real estate, farm (apparently orig., amount left over; hence, a sum of money > income from a property > the property itself), derivative of Old Spanish fincar to remain, stative derivative of fincar (Spanish hincar) to drive in, fix, sink (a nail), alteration of ficar (< Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. fichu), with -n- perhaps from dial. finsar to mark out (ultimately < *fīxāre; see fix) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Trinidad is little more than a finca, or rancho, but it has an agente, and quite a population of Chol indians.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • When they start the finca there is a feast, mucho talk and drinky.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • Our arrieros avoided the little towns, and selected a camp site on the roadside near the finca Rodadero.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • They went to the agent's office, and after transshipping their cargo set out one morning for Don Luis' finca.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • A finca is a piece of land, with definite boundaries or limits whether large or small, and whether it has buildings on it or not.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • In life tadpoles from finca La Sumbadora were olive-tan above and dark gray with pale bluish gray irridescent spots ventrally.

  • In fifty year she is oll the same,' but when I see the finca de tomate I have the temper.

    For Jacinta Harold Bindloss
  • More than half of the specimens from finca La Paz agree in all essential characters with the description given above.

  • The señora, it seems, wants to drive her across to her finca at Orotava to-morrow.

    For Jacinta Harold Bindloss

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