va·​ra ˈvär-ə How to pronounce vara (audio)
: a Texas unit of length equal to 33.33 inches (84.66 centimeters)

Word History


borrowed from American Spanish, from Spanish, "pole," going back to Latin vāra "any of various branched structures or implements," noun derivative from feminine of vārus "bent outwards with converging extremities, bow-legged," of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vara was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Vara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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