[vahr-uh; Spanish bah-rah; Portuguese vah-ruh]
- a unit of length in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, varying from about 32 inches (81 cm) to about 43 inches (109 cm).
- the square vara, used as a unit of area.
Origin of vara
1595–1605; < Spanish < Latin vāra forked pole, noun use of feminine of vārus crooked, bent
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Examples from the Web for vara
“The vara corpus delicti,” said the writer, grinning and rubbing his hands.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
Bear it mild an' asy, Vara, acushla, for I know it will take a start out of you.
Come away, Vara, come away, or I'll not be able to part wid it.
Now if you'd put that in your pamphlet it would have been vara jocose.The Day's Work, Volume 1
Vara said to herself, "Why does not Cleg think to speak to me like that?"Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
- 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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