hect·are | \ˈhek-ˌter, -ˌtär \

Definition of hectare 

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

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Since 2000, that number has grown to more than 150,000 hectares a year, with experts attributing the rise to hotter, drier summers. Washington Post, "Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires," 14 June 2018 The wells run as far as 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) underground at the plant, which covers around 40 acres (16 hectares) of the 815-acre (329.8 hectare) property. Time, "Workers Race to Plug Hawaii Energy Plant as Lava Oozes Nearby," 23 May 2018 Scientists settled on coffee as an alternative tool in a broader restoration plan for the mountain because the 90 hardwood trees that are planted for every hectare (2.5 acres) of coffee provide shade that the crop needs to thrive. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 The location, Governors Island, is a 172-acre (70 hectare) plot of land that sits just off the southern tip Manhattan, with stunning views of the city's Financial District, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Deepti Hajela, chicagotribune.com, "Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping on NYC island," 9 July 2018 With the advantage of having mechanization that is still out of reach for farmers in more rural areas, where oxen are the rule, Kim said his rice paddies can produce 10 tons per hectare. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: North Korea farmers focus on fields, not summit," 14 June 2018 All my friends have one hectare of lands somewhere, in the islands or in the interland. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland City Council okays creation of Friends of the Library," 20 May 2018 Despite years of efforts, poppies grew on a record 328,000 hectares of Afghanistan last year, a 63% jump from the previous year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "U.S. Attacks Taliban’s Source of Funds in Afghanistan," 30 May 2018 One of Europe’s last herds of wild horses live in a 400 hectare nature reserve about 40 kilometers north of western Germany’s industrial Ruhr valley. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: German wranglers corral wild stallions," 27 May 2018

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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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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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