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From Russian десяти́на ‎(desjatína, tenth, tithe)



dessiatina ‎(plural dessiatinas)

  1. A Russian measure of land, roughly 1.1 hectares.
    • 1849, "The Observatory at Pulkowa", The North American Review, Volume 69, Issue 144, July 1849:
      The tract of land given by the emperor contains five hundred and forty-five acres, (twenty dessjatines,) being two thousand two hundred and five feet long, and one thousand five hundred and eighty-two wide at its greatest breadth.
    • 1918, Aylmer and Louise Maude, translating Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Oxford 1998, p. 166:
      I go shooting there every year, and it is worth five hundred roubles a desyatina cash down, and he is paying you two hundred on long term.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      Clouds, some in very clear profile, black and jagged, sail in armadas towards the Asian arctic, above the sweeping dessiatinas of grasses […].