Dunam

# Dunam

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A dunam or dönüm, dunum, donum, dynym, dulum was a non-SI
Si
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unit
Units of measurement
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of land area
Area
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used in the Ottoman Empire
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and representing the amount of land that can be plowed in a day; its value varied from 900–2500 m². In many formerly Ottoman regions, it is now defined as exactly one decare (1000 m²).

It was defined as "forty standard paces in length and breadth", but varied considerably from place to place.

## History

The name dönüm, from the Ottoman Turkish
Ottoman Turkish language
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دونمك / dönmek (to turn) appears to be a calque
Calque
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of the Byzantine stremma
Stremma
The stremma is a Greek unit of land area, equal to 1,000 square metres, also called the 'royal' stremma. The name comes from a root meaning 'to turn', presumably referring to the amount of land that can be plowed/turned in a day....

and had the same size. It was likely adopted by the Ottomans from the Byzantines in Mysia
Mysia
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-Bithynia
Bithynia
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. In Arabic, the word is spelled دونم (dūnam) which is "a square measure (Iraq
Iraq
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Palestinian territories
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= roughly, 1000 m²)."

### Cyprus

In Northern Cyprus
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the donum is 14400 square feet (1,338 m²). In the Republic of Cyprus older Greek Cypriots also still refer to the donum, although this is gradually being replaced by another local Greek Cypriot
Cypriot dialect
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dialect word, σκάλες ['skales], rather than the mainland Greek word stremma
Stremma
The stremma is a Greek unit of land area, equal to 1,000 square metres, also called the 'royal' stremma. The name comes from a root meaning 'to turn', presumably referring to the amount of land that can be plowed/turned in a day....

. However, officially Cyprus uses the square metre.

### Israel, Syria, Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

In Israel
Israel
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, Jordan
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, Lebanon
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, the Palestinian territories
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, Syria
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, and Turkey
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the dunam is 1000 square metre, which is 1 decare. Before the end of the Ottoman Empire and during the early years of the British Mandate of Palestine, the size of a dönüm was 919.3 square metres (9,895 sq ft), but in 1928 the metric dunam of 1000 square metre (0.1 ha) was adopted, and this is still used.

### Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia

In Bosnia and Herzegvina and also Serbia, the unit is called dunum (дунум) but sometimes it's mistakenly called dulum (дулум). It is equal to 1,000 square meters

## Variations

Other countries using a dunam of some size include Libya
Libya
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, Syria
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, Albania
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, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
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.

The Greek
Greece
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stremma
Stremma
The stremma is a Greek unit of land area, equal to 1,000 square metres, also called the 'royal' stremma. The name comes from a root meaning 'to turn', presumably referring to the amount of land that can be plowed/turned in a day....

has the same size as the metric dunam.

The metric dunam is particularly useful in hydrological
Hydrology
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calculations as 1 dunam times 1 mm (a unit commonly used for measuring precipitation
Precipitation (meteorology)
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) equals exactly one cubic meter.

## Conversions

A metric dunam is equal to:
• 1,000 square metres (exactly)
• 10 ares (exactly)
• 1 decare (exactly)
• 0.1 hectare
Hectare
The hectare is a metric unit of area defined as 10,000 square metres , and primarily used in the measurement of land. In 1795, when the metric system was introduced, the are was defined as being 100 square metres and the hectare was thus 100 ares or 1/100 km2...

s (exactly)
• 0.001 square kilometres (exactly)

• 0.247105381 acre
Acre
The acre is a unit of area in a number of different systems, including the imperial and U.S. customary systems. The most commonly used acres today are the international acre and, in the United States, the survey acre. The most common use of the acre is to measure tracts of land.The acre is related...

s (approx)
• 1,195.99005 square yard
Square yard
The square yard is an imperial/US customary unit of area, formerly used in most of the English-speaking world but now generally replaced by the square metre outside of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. It is defined as the area of a square with sides of one yard in length...

s (approx)
• 10,763.9104 square feet
Square foot
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(approx)

• Feddan
Feddan
A feddan is a unit of area. It is used in Egypt, Sudan, and Syria. The feddan is not an SI unit and in Arabic, the word means 'a yoke of oxen': implying the area of ground that could be tilled by them in a certain time. In Egypt the feddan is the only non-metric unit which remained in use...

, a similar non-SI unit of area used in Egypt
Egypt
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, Sudan
Sudan
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, and Syria
Syria
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.
• Resm-i donum
Resm-i donum
The resm-i dönüm was a land tax in the Ottoman Empire; it was a divani tax paid each year to the landowner or timar holder, typically on the 1st of March...

, a land tax based on the area of a farm.