tahulla [Spanish]

From the Arabic tahwila, “field”.

1

In Spain, ? – 21st century, a unit of land area originally used for irrigated farmland. Values for localities in the province of Murcia are yet to be entered; it is typically 1,118 square meters.

Locale Area
in sq. meters
Equivalencies Notes
  831    
Villena1 852   A square 32 varas on a side. These varas are about 0.912 meter, slightly larger than the Valencian vara of 0.906 m
Benejama1, Biar1, Campo de Mirra1, Cañada1    
Sax1 856 1 jornal = 6 tahullas  
Crevillente1, Elche1, Santa Pola1 953   But 1118 sq. meters at S. Felipe Neri in Crevillente and in the "zona lindante con Dolores" in Elche 
Aspe1 961    A square 34 Valencian varas on a side.
Hondón de las Nieves1 1 jornal = 6 tahullas  
Hondón de los Frailes1   Previously they used a tahulla = 1078 sq. meters
Novelda1 1078 1 jornal = 5 tahullas  = 8 octavos = 256 brazas
Monforte del Cid1 1 jornal = 6 tahullas  
La Romana1    
Dolores1, San Fulgencio1, San Felipe Neri1;
province of Almeria2
1,118.2336   A square 40 Castillian varas on a side.
This is the Murcian tahulla. It occurs in this area as a result of a resettlement scheme of Cardinal Belluga.
all of the partido of Orihuela1; all of Baix Segura except Dolores and San Fulgencio1 1,185   A square 38 Valencian varas on a side.
Elda1, Alicante1, Campello1, Muchamiel1, San Juan de Alicante1, San Vincente del Raspeig1 1201 = 8 octavos.
1 octavo = 32 sq. brazas.
1 braza = 9.5 palmos
 
Agost1, Tibi1, Torremanzanas1, Petrer1, Xixona1 1 jornal = 4 tahullas  
Villajoyosa1   the jornal de tierra is 2,980 sq. meters
Castalla1, Castell de Castells1, Ibi1, Onil1 1246 = 1.5 hanegadas  

1. Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Téchnicos Agrícolas y Peritos Agrícolas de Alicante.
Medidas superficiales antiguas, usadas en la provincia de Alicante y su equivalencia en unidades métricas.
No date. Published online: www.dip-alicante.es/coitapa/medidas.pdf Accessed 15 April 2007.

2. Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico.
Equivalencias entre las Pesas y Medidas Usadas Antiguamente en las Diversas Provincias de España y las Legales del Sistema Métrico-Decimal.
Publicadas de Real Orden.
Madrid: Imprenta de la Dirección General del Instituto Geográfica y Estadístico, 1886.

 

2

In medieval Lorca, Spain, a unit of irrigation water entitlement = 1 hour's flow.1

1. Thomas F. Glick.
Irrigation and Society in Medieval Valencia.
Cambridge (MA): Harvard Univ. Press, 1970.

Chapter 12, note 14 in the list of localized Arabisms.

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