morgen

morgen

[mawr-guhn]
noun
1.
a unit of land measure equal to about two acres (0.8 hectare), formerly in use in Holland and the Dutch colonies and still used in South Africa.
2.
a unit equal to about two-thirds of an acre (0.3 hectare), formerly used in Prussia, Norway, and Denmark.

Origin:
1620–30, Americanism; < Dutch morgen and German Morgen morgen, morning (as much land as one plows in a morning)

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morgen (ˈmɔːɡən)
 
n
1.  a South African unit of area, equal to about two acres or 0.8 hectare
2.  a unit of area, formerly used in Prussia and Scandinavia, equal to about two thirds of an acre
 
[C17: from Dutch: morning, a morning's ploughing]

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morgen
old measure of land in Holland (hence also in S.Africa and colonial N.Y. and N.J.), roughly two acres, probably lit. "morning," meaning "the amount of land one man can plow in a morning."
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