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

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Elsewhere in Bolivia, ongoing fires have ravaged more than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of land, much of it protected natural areas and forests. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Brazil is 'not the culprit' for the Amazon fires, says country's foreign minister," 12 Sep. 2019 About 3 million hectares were burning as of Wednesday, according to the country’s Federal Forestry Agency. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, "Trump Offered Putin U.S. Help Fighting Wildfires, Kremlin Says," 31 July 2019 One hectare of mangrove forest can store about 3,754 tons of carbon, according to a study done by Abu Dhabi's government. Sophie Tremblay, CNN, "Abu Dhabi is replanting mangroves in the fight against climate change," 15 July 2019 The biomass of alewife increased to 0.54 kilograms/hectare in 2018, up from 0.02 in 2017. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in," 14 Sep. 2019 The Ohio average while trawling 40 sites that were a hectare (2.4 acres) in size on its side of Lake Erie in August was 143 baby walleye. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye fishing ‘Golden Era’ officially returns with record catches, big hatches," 13 Sep. 2019 Among the most important (and least known) is Ley (Law) 70 of 1993, under which 60% of the land on the Pacific coast—6m hectares—is communally owned (see map). The Economist, "Why Colombia’s Pacific coast is so poor," 29 Aug. 2019 The agency said the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and wrecked 34,000 houses. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Dozens killed after Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in eastern China," 11 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong is just getting started on an $80 billion initiative to create at least 2,500 hectares of artificial islands—which will be built largely with imported sand. Vince Beiser, National Geographic, "Sand mining threatens ways of life, from Cambodia to Nigeria," 23 Apr. 2019

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

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