arroba[ə rō′bə; Sp ä rō̂′bä]
arroba definition by Webster's New World
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- a unit of weight used in Spanish-speaking countries, equal to 25.36 pounds (11.5 kg)
- a unit of weight used in Portugal and Brazil, equal to 32.38 pounds (14.7 kg)
- a unit of liquid measure used in Spanish-speaking countries, varying from 13 quarts (for oil) to 17 quarts (for wine) (12 to 16 liters)
Origin: Spanish ; from Arabic al rubʼ, the quarter (of the Spanish quintal)
arroba definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A unit of weight formerly used in Spanish-speaking countries, equal to about 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds).
- A unit of weight formerly used in Portuguese-speaking countries, equal to about 14.4 kilograms (32 pounds).
- A liquid measure formerly used in Spanish-speaking countries, having varying value but equal to about 16.2 liters (17 quarts) when used to measure wine.
Origin: Spanish and Portuguese, both from Arabic ar-rub‘, the quarter (of a quintal) : al-, the + rub‘, quarter; see rbע in Semitic roots.