quarentena [Latin]

In legal records, accounts, and other such documents written in Latin in medieval England, a unit of length = 40 perches. A furlong.



QUARENTENA. A quarentine, a forty long, or furlong. From the Fr. quarente, forty. A measure of forty perches; Quarentana vero quadraginta perticis. Mon. Ang. tom. I. p. 313. In which computation the perch was twenty feet; Quælibet virga unde quarentenæ mensurabuntur, erit viginti pedum. Mon. Ang. tom. 3. p. 16. In the Doomsday Survey, it was the usual mensuration of wood-land. So in Burcester there was—Silva unius quarenten longitudine et unius latitudine, i. 89.

White Kennett.
Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and other adjacent Parts of the Counties of Oxford and Bucks. vol. 2.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1818. (First published in 1695.)
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