- 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).
Origin of arroba
Examples from the Web for arroba
Historical Examples of arroba
A measure for liquids, the eighth of an arroba, equal to about half a gallon.The Bible in Spain - Vol. 2 [of 2]
Pico is equivalent to one quintal, but has one arroba more than ours.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898
Emma Helen Blair
Measures: Measures of one arroba, half-arroba, azumbre and quartillo.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803
They are three days taking it, eating nothing in the time, and daily each one drinks an arroba and a half.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
This native corn cost the Crown 7½ reales per arroba (25 pounds) and an arroba lasted the average Indian only 10 days.The Building of Castello de San Marcos
Albert C. Manucy
- a unit of weight, approximately equal to 11 kilograms, used in some Spanish-speaking countries
- a unit of weight, approximately equal to 15 kilograms, used in some Portuguese-speaking countries
- 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