Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Russian land measure equal to 2.702 English acres. Also written desiatine, dessatine, and (Latinized) dessatina, and, improperly, deciatine.
- n. a Russian measure of land, roughly 1.1 hectares
- n. a former Russian unit of area equal to 2.7 acres
- Russian десятина ("tithe") (Wiktionary)
“(A striking example of this hypocrisy was the solicitude displayed by the Russian landowners last year, their efforts to combat the famine which they had caused, and by which they profited, selling not only bread at the highest price, but even potato haulm at five rubles the dessiatine (about 2 and four - fifths acres) for fuel to the freezing peasants.)”
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