fa·​ne·​ga | \ faˈnāgə \
plural -s

Definition of fanega

1 : any of various units of capacity used in Spain and Spanish-American countries especially : one of about 1.6 bushels
2a : any of various Spanish units of land area (as of 1.59 acres)
b : a Mexican land area of 8.81 acres

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History and Etymology for fanega

Spanish, from Arabic fanīqah large sack

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“Fanega.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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