- streaks of water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground (distinguished from praecipitatio).
Origin of virga
1935–40; < Latin: rod, streak
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Examples from the Web for virga
Mr. Mason could not agree to the motion, notwithstanding it was favorable to Virga.
In the Exeter Domesday virga not virgata is the common word.
Ego vir videns paupertatem meam in virga indignationis ejus.The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal
Hence it follows that the quarter of an acre is a rood or yard or virga or virgata of land.
In the Exchequer book an abbreviated form is used; but virga appears in i. 216 b.
- (sometimes functioning as plural) meteorol wisps of rain or snow, seen trailing from clouds, that evaporate before reaching the earth
C20: from Latin: streak
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- Light wisps of precipitation streaming from a cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground, especially when the air below is low in humidity.
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