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[mawr-guh n] /ˈmɔr gən/
a unit of land measure equal to about two acres (0.8 hectare), formerly in use in Holland and the Dutch colonies and still used in South Africa.
a unit equal to about two-thirds of an acre (0.3 hectare), formerly used in Prussia, Norway, and Denmark.
Origin of morgen
1620-30, Americanism; < Dutch morgen and German Morgen morgen, morning (as much land as one plows in a morning) Unabridged
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  • Wir assen dann immitten der Leichen unsern Reis, seit morgen hatten wir nichts gegessen.

  • It corresponds to the German "morgen" and the French "journée."

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • Jan Celliers (pronounced Seljee) lives on his farm of 3000 morgen with his second wife and a family of twelve.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • This is sometimes reckoned to contain 160, but sometimes 120 morgen.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • The morning after the wedding, the husband, before they arose, presented to his wife the morgen gift.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • He said he reckoned that such land would carry four sheep a morgen.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Thus in Kln, the morgen is 3172 ares, the Waldmorgen 3806 ares.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Alba war gerade damit2 beschftigt sich zu schmcken, als Zeitvertreib, nachdem sie den3 ganzen morgen Gold gehaspelt.

    Aus meinem Knigreich Carmen Sylva
British Dictionary definitions for morgen


a South African unit of area, equal to about two acres or 0.8 hectare
a unit of area, formerly used in Prussia and Scandinavia, equal to about two thirds of an acre
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch: morning, a morning's ploughing
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Word Origin and History for morgen

old measure of land in Holland (hence also in South Africa and colonial New York and New Jersey), roughly two acres, probably identical with Dutch morgen "morning" (see morn) and meaning "the amount of land one man can plow in a morning."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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