cuarta [Spanish]


A unit of length in several Spanish-speaking nations, at least as early as the 19th – 20th century, one fourth of a vara (hence the name cuarta, “fourth”). Also spelled quarta.


20 centimeters (approximately 7.874 inches)

United Nations, 1966.

Costa Rica

20.9 centimeters (approximately 8.228 inches). Also called a palmo.

United Nations, 1966.

[Costa Rica. Ministerio de formento.]
Medidas y pesas del sistema métrico, y tablas de equivalencia con las antiguas.
San José de Costa Rica: Imprenta nacional, 1885.

Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua

21 centimeters (approximately 8.268 inches)

United Nations, 1966.


209.5 millimeters

Galván Riviera, 1844. Excerpt in Spanish with English translation.


20.9 centimeters (approximately 8.228 inches)

United Nations, 1966.


In the Balearic Islands, 19th century, a unit of liquid capacity for wine, about 1.026 liters.

Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico.
Equivalencias entre las Pesas y Medidas Usadas Antiguamente en las Diversas Provincias de España y las Legales del Sistema Métrico-Decimal.
Publicadas de Real Orden.
Madrid: Imprenta de la Dirección General del Instituto Geográfica y Estadístico, 1886.


In Nicaragua, 20th century, a unit of capacity, approximately 160 milliliters.

United Nations, 1966.


In Paraguay, 20th century, a unit of liquid capacity, approximately 757.3 milliliters (about 0.20 U.S. gallons).


In Brazil globe icon, a unit of land area, 3,710 square meters (about 0.916 acres).


In Bolivia, ? – 20th century, two units of liquid capacity. In the town of Totora in the department of Cochabamba, = 500 milliliters, and used for alcoholic beverages. In the town of Huanuni in the department of Oruro, = 45 liters, used for chicha.

[Bolivia] Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Colonizacion. Dirección General de Economia Rural.
Resumen General de Medidas típicas de la República de Bolivia.
Corrected and revised by the Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones.
[La Paz]: Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones, 1956.

Pages 19 and 34. (Page numbering is not continuous.)


In parts of Argentina, a unit of liquid capacity = ¼ frasco, roughly 625 milliliters.

Juan Alvarez. Page 177.


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