from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A unit of weight formerly used in Spanish-speaking countries, equal to about 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds).
- n. A unit of weight formerly used in Portuguese-speaking countries, equal to about 14.4 kilograms (32 pounds).
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An old Spanish weight used in Mexico and South America, approximately 25.36 pounds avoirdupois.
- n. An old Portuguese weight used in Brazil, approximately 32.38 pounds avoirdupois.
- n. An old Spanish liquid measure, approximately 3.54 imperial gallons (for wine) or 2.78 imperial gallons (for oil).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Spanish weight used in Mexico and South America = 25.36 lbs. avoir.; also, an old Portuguese weight, used in Brazil = 32.38 lbs. avoir.
- n. A Spanish liquid measure for wine = 3.54 imp. gallons, and for oil = 2.78 imp. gallons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Spanish and Portuguese unit of weight.
- n. A measure for wine, spirits, and oil in Spanish countries, arising from the Moorish practice of weighing those liquids; the cantara.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a liquid measure (with different values) used in some Spanish speaking countries
- n. a unit of weight used in some Spanish speaking countries
Spanish and Portuguese, both from Arabic ar-rub', the quarter (of a quintal) : al-, the + rub', quarter; see rbʿ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, from Arabic, meaning "a quarter, a fourth part". (Wiktionary)