[fuh-ney-guh; Spanish fah-ne-gah]
- a unit of dry measure in Spanish-speaking countries, equal in Spain to 1.58 U.S. bushels (55.7 liters).
- a Mexican unit of land measure, equal to 8.81 acres (3.57 hectares).
Origin of fanega
1495–1505; < Spanish < Arabic fanīqah big bag
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Examples from the Web for fanega
It is measured not by the bushel, but by the fanega, which weighs 225 pounds.A Journey in Southeastern Mexico
Henry Howard Harper
The price of cacao was, at the close of 1852, sixteen dollars the fanega.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
Maize was sold by the carga, or load, which was about one half of the Castilian fanega.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
Measuring by fanegas was then still in vogue in Mexico; a fanega equals about sixty-four kilograms.
I asked him if he wanted us to die from starvation, and then another man offered me half a fanega.