vara

noun
va·​ra | \ ˈvär-ə How to pronounce vara (audio) \

Definition of vara

: a Texas unit of length equal to 33.33 inches (84.66 centimeters)

First Known Use of vara

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vara

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

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“Vara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vara. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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