ACRE, is a unit of measure of land area. Originally the word meant a piece of tilled land, a field, or a pasture. Later it was used for a rough measure of size, representing approximately what one man could plow in a day. In England it was reckoned as the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow daily.
In the 13th century and later, English law fîxed a defmite measurement for the acre. This measurement, termed the statute acre, is now a standard unit of area in England, the United States, and Canada. The statute acre, a square measuring about 208 feet 8,5 inches on a side, equals 43,560 square feet, or 4,840 square yards, or 160 square rods or perches, or 4 roods. In the United States the terms “perch” and “rood” are rare. In Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and several English countics, oldcr land area measures for the acre, all different, are stili used.
|Country||Unit||Size (in acres)|
|arpent de Paris||0,84|
|Union of South Africa||morgen||2,12|
The most common land area measure in Continental Europe is the hectare. It is equal to 100 ares or 10,000 square meters, and is equivalent to 2.47 acres.