vara

vara

[vahr-uh; Spanish bah-rah; Portuguese vah-ruh]
noun, plural varas [vahr-uhz; Spanish bah-rahs; Portuguese vah-ruhsh] .
1.
a unit of length in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, varying from about 32 inches (81 cm) to about 43 inches (109 cm).
2.
the square vara, used as a unit of area.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Spanish < Latin vāra forked pole, noun use of feminine of vārus crooked, bent

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vara (ˈvɑːrə)
 
n
a unit of length used in Spain, Portugal, and South America and having different values in different localities, usually between 32 and 43 inches (about 80 to 108 centimetres)
 
[C17: via Spanish from Latin: wooden trestle, from vārus crooked]

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