One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A system of freehold land tenure in Uganda, introduced as part of the 1900 Buganda Agreement, which granted ownership in perpetuity to landlords and protected rights to tax-paying tenants. Also: an area of land (originally measured in square miles) allotted under this system.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Laws Uganda Protectorate, 1910. From Luganda è-mmayìro estate from English (square) mile.
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