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vara

[vahr-uh; Spanish bah-rah; Portuguese vah-ruh] /ˈvɑr ə; Spanish ˈbɑ rɑ; Portuguese ˈvɑ rə/
noun, plural varas
[vahr-uh z; Spanish bah-rahs; Portuguese vah-ruh sh] /ˈvɑr əz; Spanish ˈbɑ rɑs; Portuguese ˈvɑ rəʃ/ (Show IPA)
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 of vara
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Spanish < Latin vāra forked pole, noun use of feminine of vārus crooked, bent
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  • At that very moment vara herself opened the door and walked in.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • “The vara corpus delicti,” said the writer, grinning and rubbing his hands.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • "I wish vara could see," he said, remembering for the first time his sister and Gavin.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • Come away, vara, come away, or I'll not be able to part wid it.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • And vara Kavannah sat still and listened, till the burning shame dulled to a steady throbbing ache somewhere within her.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • vara paused and asked a policeman if this was the way to Liberton.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • It was about half-past four in the afternoon that vara was coming round the corner of the barn carrying an armful of hay.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • "We are gaun to see our faither," said vara, speaking the truth.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • The tell-tale light went out at the crack in the board, and vara knew that the wild beasts inside would be after her in a moment.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • But for vara there was no enjoyment, no resting all that day.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for vara

vara

/ˈvɑːrə/
noun
1.
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)
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish from Latin: wooden trestle, from vārus crooked
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