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carucate

[kar-oo-keyt, -yoo-]
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noun
  1. an old English unit of land-area measurement, varying from 60 to 160 acres.
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Origin of carucate

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 formscar·u·cat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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