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dessiatine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dessiatine a former Russian unit of area equal to 2.7 acres
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dessiatine A Russian land measure equal to 2.702 English acres. Also written desiatine, dessatine, and (Latinized) dessatina, and, improperly, deciatine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dessiatine des′ya-tin a Russian measure of land, 2.7 English acres.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Russ. desyatina, a measure of land, a tenth; desyati, ten.

Usage

In literature:

The authorities, they say... a soldier was telling me the other day... give a hundred dessiatins ahead.
"Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov
In the Volga country alone they owned 879,420 dessiatines, or, say, 1,884,471 acres!
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
I want to buy, in Palestine, a little bit of earth, a few dessiatines.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
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