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English translation: acre

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German term or phrase:Tagwerk (Tagewerk)
English translation:acre
Entered by: Ken Cox
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19:32 Jan 17, 2008
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Social Sciences - History / Medieval units of measurement
German term or phrase: Tagwerk (Tagewerk)
see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagwerk
A unit of measurement in which the size of the unit was determined by the area of land that a single labourer could cover in a single day--hence the name. Equivalent to approximately 4,000 m² on flat ground. Is there an English equivalent for this?
kartause777
Local time: 05:43
acre
Explanation:
The only 'equivalent' I know of, and approximately the same size. According to the Wikipedia entry (unverified), the size but not the name arises from the same idea.

From the Wikipedia entry:

The word "acre" is derived from Old English æcer (originally meaning "open field", cognate to German Acker, Latin ager and Greek αγρος (agros).

The acre was selected as approximately the amount of land tillable by one man behind an ox in one day. This explains one definition as the area of a rectangle with sides of length one chain and one furlong. A long narrow strip of land is more efficient to plough than a square plot, since the plough does not have to be turned so often. The word "furlong" itself derives from the fact that it is one furrow long.

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n 1958, the United States and countries of the Commonwealth of Nations defined the length of the international yard to be 0.9144 meters.[1] Consequently, the international acre is exactly 4046.8564224 square meters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre#Historical_origin

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Note added at 55 mins (2008-01-17 20:28:42 GMT)
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Die Einheit Acre (ca. 4.047 m²) ist im Angloamerikanischem Maßsystem das Pendant zum Morgen, jedoch für ein ganzes Tagewerk.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgen_(Einheit)
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Ken Cox
Local time: 05:43
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Perfect as an equivalent. thank you.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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acre


Explanation:
The only 'equivalent' I know of, and approximately the same size. According to the Wikipedia entry (unverified), the size but not the name arises from the same idea.

From the Wikipedia entry:

The word "acre" is derived from Old English æcer (originally meaning "open field", cognate to German Acker, Latin ager and Greek αγρος (agros).

The acre was selected as approximately the amount of land tillable by one man behind an ox in one day. This explains one definition as the area of a rectangle with sides of length one chain and one furlong. A long narrow strip of land is more efficient to plough than a square plot, since the plough does not have to be turned so often. The word "furlong" itself derives from the fact that it is one furrow long.

...

n 1958, the United States and countries of the Commonwealth of Nations defined the length of the international yard to be 0.9144 meters.[1] Consequently, the international acre is exactly 4046.8564224 square meters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre#Historical_origin

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Note added at 55 mins (2008-01-17 20:28:42 GMT)
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Further ref:

Die Einheit Acre (ca. 4.047 m²) ist im Angloamerikanischem Maßsystem das Pendant zum Morgen, jedoch für ein ganzes Tagewerk.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgen_(Einheit)

Ken Cox
Local time: 05:43
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
Perfect as an equivalent. thank you.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Paul Cohen
24 mins

agree  Ingeborg Gowans: that makes perfect sense
1 hr

agree  Ann C Sherwin
1 hr

agree  EdithK
10 hrs

agree  xxxhazmatgerman: Der Morgen hat übrigens 2.500 Quadratmeter.
14 hrs

agree  Rebecca Garber
18 hrs
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