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or hek·tare

  1. a unit of surface, or land, measure equal to 100 ares, or 10,000 square meters: equivalent to 2.471 acres. Abbreviation: ha
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Origin of hectare

From French, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at hect-, are2
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Examples from the Web for hectare

Historical Examples of hectare

  • Formerly a hectare of this precious vineyard was worth 30,000 francs.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The plant is of good size and averages 1.580 kilos to the hectare.

  • The ordinary unit of land area is the Hectare (about 2-1/2 acres).

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • The former distance will allow for 123 and the latter 111 trees to the hectare.

    The Cocoanut

    William S. Lyon

  • The remainder is held by private individuals, who pay a rental of from four to six hundred francs the hectare.


    William Walton

British Dictionary definitions for hectare


  1. one hundred ares. 1 hectare is equivalent to 10 000 square metres or 2.471 acresSymbol: ha
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Word Origin for hectare

C19: from French; see hecto-, are ²
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Word Origin and History for hectare


1810, from French hectare "a hundred ares," formed from Greek hekaton "hundred" (see hecatomb) + Latin area "vacant piece of ground" (see area). A superficial measure containing 100 ares, coined by decree of the French National Convention in 1795.

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