Hand (unit)

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Measurements called the hand (line 2) and the palm is (line 3), among others, on a human hand

The hand is a unit of measurement of length. It is now used only to measure the height of horses in some English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1] This unit started in ancient Egypt and was originally based on the distance across a human hand. Today it is equal to four inches or 10.16 centimeters. It may be abbreviated to "h" or the plural "hh".[2]


  1. "The "Hand" Measurement for Horses". Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario, Canada. Retrieved June 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. Template:Cite book p.409