fousserée [French]

In parts of France and Switzerland, a pre-metric unit of land area, in concept the amount of vineyard that can be cultivated in a single day with a fossoir, a type of hoe used with vines. Also called a fosserée or fessorée. At least as early as the 19th century the fousserée had defined values in some locations.

It may be almost synonymous with a hommée. Apparently the two units are not found in use simultaneously in an area.

Locale Equivalents in square meters Sources
Embrun; Hautes-Alpes; France = 1/3 poueur = 1000 square toises delphinales 400.28 1
Gap; Hautes-Alpes; France = 1/3 poueur = 100 square toises = 3600 square pied = 6400 square pan 380.48 1
Geneva = 1/8 pose = 50 square toises = 3200 square pied de Paris 337.67 1
Lausanne and all of the Vaud, Switzerland = 1/10 pose = 50 square toises or perches = 5000 square pied 450.00 1
Ribiers; Hautes-Alpes; France spelled fossorée 474.3 2,
pg 105
Annonay; Ardéche; France = 6059 square pied 638.4 2,
pg 105
Annonay and Satillien; Ardéche; France = 4537 square pied + 6 square pouce. Called fessoirée de St.-Clair 478.8 2,
pg 105
cantons of Gex, Thoiry and Ferney; Léman; France ouvrée or fossoyée 337.7 2
pg. 168
Isère fosserée mentioned as in use; no value given   2,
pg 160

Sources: 1) Doursther, page 151. 2) Gattey.

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