finca

finca

[fing-kuh; Spanish feeng-kah]
noun, plural fincas [fing-kuhz; Spanish feeng-kahs] .
a ranch or large farm in a Spanish-speaking country, especially a plantation in tropical Spanish America.

Origin:
1905–10; < Spanish: property, real estate, farm (apparently orig., amount left over; hence, a sum of money > income from a property > the property itself), derivative of Old Spanish fincar to remain, stative derivative of fincar (Spanish hincar) to drive in, fix, sink (a nail), alteration of ficar (< Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. fichu), with -n- perhaps from dial. finsar to mark out (ultimately < *fīxāre; see fix)

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