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 2020 August walleye hatch index was 48 per hectare, the eighth highest on record. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "It’s Fall Brawl time! More than 9,000 anglers aim to win a boat in annual Lake Erie walleye derby," 14 Oct. 2020 Where the borer had taken its toll in the early 2000s, ash seedlings and saplings were thriving, sometimes reaching densities of more than 1200 per hectare within the subsequent decade. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A sparkling beetle could spell doom for North America’s ash trees," 23 Sep. 2020 Comite Champagne, the regional trade organization that sets start dates and the maximum grape yield per hectare, cut yields by about 25%, which translates into 230 million bottles, compared to nearly 300 million last year. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "Wildfires, trade wars, COVID-19: The 2020 global wine harvest may go down as the most challenging yet," 20 Sep. 2020 Handling rust costs the equivalent of one-fifth of his production per hectare, Zelaya estimated. Maryn Mckenna, The Atlantic, "Coffee Is Under Attack," 16 Sep. 2020 These plantations produce much more wood per hectare than natural forests. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 For every hectare of burning peat, 200 tons of carbon might spew into the atmosphere. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020 In 2016, working on a skeleton budget of £199,000 (about $246,000), Franklin and three colleagues set a goal of farming a single hectare (about 2½ acres) fenced off near a rugby pitch on the Harper Adams campus without any direct human assistance. Simon Akam, Bloomberg.com, "Driverless Tractors Are Getting Ready for Harvest Season," 10 Nov. 2019 In 2018 prosecutors sequestered Llalla’s apartment in the capital, Tirana, and just over two hectares (5.4 acres) of land belonging to Llalla, with a total value of more than 98 million leks ($906,000). Washington Post, "Former Albanian prosecutor general accused of corruption," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of hectare was in 1810

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22 Oct 2020

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“Hectare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hectare. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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