1831, in the meaning defined above
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 19 Aug. 2022.
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