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From Biology-Online Dictionary
(Science: historical) Formerly, a measure of land in France, varying in different parts of the country. The arpent of paris was 4,088 sq. Yards, or nearly five sixths of an english acre. The woodland arpent was about 1 acre, 1 rood, 1 perch, english.
According to columella, a gallic word for a measure equiv. To half a roman jugerum.
Origin: f. Arpent, fr. L. Arepennis, arapennis.