vara definition by Webster's New World
- in Spain and Spanish America, an old unit of linear measure, varying from about 31 to 33 inches
- an old Texas unit of linear measure equal to 33.33 inches (84.67 centimeters)
- a unit of area, the square vara
Origin: Spanish and amp; Portuguese literally , rod, stick ; from Classical Latin forked pole ; from varus, bent: see vacillate
vara definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin-American unit of linear measure varying from about 81 to 109 centimeters (32 to 43 inches).
- A square vara.
Origin: Spanish and Portuguese, rod, both from Latin vāra, forked pole, from vārus, bent.