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
But the Indians have no scales, and accordingly for them the arroba was a thing of bulk and not of weight.
The arroba is a Spanish weight originally, to which no fixed standard can be assigned.
Just so you know in advance, the "@" symbol is called an "arroba", and it's made by keying ALT 6-4.
The Indians of America carry all their products, such as maize, sugar, coffee, etc., in bags made of this leaf, which they know how to arrange so well, that they transport an "arroba," or twenty-five pounds any distance without a single grain escaping, and without any appliance other than a liana or creeper to tie it up with.
I have always heard Mexicans call the @ the arroba.
The first time I heard it called arroba was 1994 when I was doing research in TN.
I have gotten used to calling it the arroba though.
Português (Nativo), Inglês, Francês ricardofdiogo at gmail dot com ricardofdiogo arroba gmail ponto com
You can see that an arroba of cane a day can be given to 900,000 animals with 3,000 caballerias of cane.
Some 3,000 men can take care of that arroba for 900,000 animals.