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or hek·to·li·ter

  1. a unit of capacity equal to 100 liters, equivalent to 2.8378 U.S. bushels, or 26.418 U.S. gallons. Abbreviation: hl
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Also especially British, hec·to·li·tre.

Origin of hectoliter

From the French word hectolitre, dating back to 1800–10. See hecto-, liter
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Examples from the Web for hectolitre

Historical Examples of hectolitre

  • An agriculturist: Three francs premium upon the hectolitre of corn for me!

    Economic Sophisms

    Frederic Bastiat

  • A hectolitre is equivalent to two and three-quarter bushels.

  • Secondly--He engaged to deliver five litres on every hectolitre.

  • It is usually sown in autumn with a little rye or winter oats, at the rate of a hectolitre to a hectare.

  • But a stomach with the cubic capacity of a hectolitre needed more than this!

British Dictionary definitions for hectolitre


US hectoliter

  1. one hundred litres. A measure of capacity equivalent to 3.531 cubic feetSymbol: hl
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