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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America remains an outlier holding on to the old imperial, or U.S. customary system, of pounds and acres when the rest of the world has largely shifted to the metric system of kilograms and hectares. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "What Exactly Is a Bushel? The Question Turns People Into Basket Cases," 18 Dec. 2018 Excavations since the 1700s have opened up a network of dark, cramped spaces called scavi beneath the four-hectare site of the cathedral. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral," 30 Nov. 2018 Coca cultivation has doubled in Colombia since 2012, and currently exceeds 188,000 hectares, according to U.S. estimates. Washington Post, "Colombia could use drones to fight cocaine production," 18 Apr. 2018 While a number of separate specimens were identified in close proximity to one another, a single individual—the mighty C1—coated hundreds of tree root systems spanning more than 75 hectares. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Ancient Giant Fungus Could Help Scientists Understand Cancer," 4 Jan. 2019 The first harvest comes four years after planting, and each hectare yields 2 to 3 tons of coffee beans. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Satellite images show a heavily populated area stretching more than 100 hectares (250 acres) being devoured by what looks like a giant layer of chocolate milk. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov’t mapped risk areas," 9 Oct. 2018 Scientists settled on coffee as an alternative tool in a broader restoration plan for the mountain because the 90 hardwood trees planted for every hectare (2.5 acres) of coffee provide shade that the crop needs to thrive. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Coquimbo has more than 40,000 hectares of land with the right conditions for putting up fog-catchers. The Economist, "The feisty fog-catchers of Chile," 14 June 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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: a unit of area in the metric system that is equal to 10,000 square meters or 2.47 acres

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