[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 varas
Then Driscoll invested in a number of varas of calico print.The Missourian
Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
They're a hundred varas square--four times as big as the others.Port O' Gold
Louis John Stellman
Night and day she worked on her cloth, and when it was finished she had eight varas.Philippine Folk Tales
Mabel Cook Cole
Other pieces of common silk, ten varas for one tae three maçes.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898
Emma Helen Blair
These poles were measured and found to be about 13 varas long (roughly 35 ft.).
- 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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