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fanega

[fuh-ney-guh; Spanish fah-ne-gah]
noun, plural fa·ne·gas [fuh-ney-guh z; Spanish fah-ne-gahs] /fəˈneɪ gəz; Spanish fɑˈnɛ gɑs/.
  1. a unit of dry measure in Spanish-speaking countries, equal in Spain to 1.58 U.S. bushels (55.7 liters).
  2. a Mexican unit of land measure, equal to 8.81 acres (3.57 hectares).
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Origin of fanega

1495–1505; < Spanish < Arabic fanīqah big bag
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • Maize was sold by the carga, or load, which was about one half of the Castilian fanega.

  • 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.