[uh-roh-buh; Spanish and Portuguese ahr-raw-bah]
noun, plural arrobas [uh-roh-buhz; Spanish and Portuguese ahr-raw-bahs] .
a Spanish and Portuguese unit of weight of varying value, equal to 25.37 pounds avoirdupois (9.5 kilograms) in Mexico and to 32.38 pounds avoirdupois (12 kilograms) in Brazil.
a unit of liquid measure of varying value, used especially in Spain and commonly equal (when used for wine) to 4.26 U.S. gallons (16.1 liters).

1590–1600; < Spanish < Arabic al rubʿ the fourth part, i.e., a quarter of the qintār; see quintal Unabridged
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arroba (əˈrəʊbə)
n , pl -bas
1.  a unit of weight, approximately equal to 11 kilograms, used in some Spanish-speaking countries
2.  a unit of weight, approximately equal to 15 kilograms, used in some Portuguese-speaking countries
3.  a liquid measure used in some Spanish-speaking countries with different values, but in Spain used as a wine-measure, approximately equal to 16 litres
[C16: from Spanish, from Arabic ar-rub` the quarter (of a quintal)]

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