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From decem (ten) + pes (foot; Roman foot). Senses influenced by the Greek equivalent ἄκαινα (ákaina), a 10-foot measure based on a standardization of the goad used to drive plough oxen.


decempeda f (genitive decempedae); first declension

  1. A ten-foot measuring rod
  2. (historical units of measure) A unit of length equal to 10 Roman feet.
  3. (historical units of measure) A unit of area equal to a square with sides of 10 Roman feet.


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative decempeda decempedae
genitive decempedae decempedārum
dative decempedae decempedīs
accusative decempedam decempedās
ablative decempedā decempedīs
vocative decempeda decempedae



  • (unit of length): pes (110 decempeda)
  • (unit of area): clima (36 decempedae); actus (144 decempedae); iugerum (288 decempedae); heredium (576 decempedae); centuria (57,600 decempedae); saltus (230,400 decempedae)

Derived terms[edit]


  • decempeda in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • decempeda in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • decempeda” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • decempeda in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • decempeda in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • mensura in William Smith et al. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities