hect·​are | \ ˈhek-ˌter How to pronounce hectare (audio) , -ˌtär How to pronounce hectare (audio) \

Definition of hectare

: a unit of area equal to 10,000 square meters — see Metric System Table

Examples of hectare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study estimated that 138 tons of carbon dioxide were released per hectare - a unit equivalent to 2.47 acres - in converted areas. Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 The study estimated that 138 tons of carbon dioxide were released per hectare — a unit equivalent to 2.47 acres — in converted areas. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2021 For irrigated cotton the average water use is less per hectare than rice, wheat, maize, soybeans, and many vegetables, as presented by ICAC at their 77th Plenary meeting in 2018. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Finally, hemp crops can produce up to double the fiber yield per hectare than cotton. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Château Beauséjour, a vineyard in the St-Émilion region, sold for €11 million ($12.8 million) per hectare in April. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Combining their fieldwork with some previous research, Leggett came to understand that most coffee farmers in the park tended plots smaller than three hectares, many smaller than a single hectare (roughly two and a half acres). New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Nestled in a five-hectare olive grove, La Bastide Saint-Antoine is simply a marvel. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2021 Before fire suppression, its forests were mostly ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, with probably fewer than 50 trees per hectare. Matt Simon, Wired, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hectare

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hectare

French, from hect- + are are entry 2

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“Hectare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hectare. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hectare

: a unit of area in the metric system that is equal to 10,000 square meters or 2.47 acres

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