- shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.
Origin of virgate1
- an early English measure of land of varying extent, usually considered equivalent to a quarter of a hide, or about 30 acres (12 hectares).
Origin of virgate2
Examples from the Web for virgate
Historical Examples of virgate
The heriot of a virgate was generally an ox, or money payment of its value.The Enclosures in England
But the term 'virgate' does not, like them, speak for itself.
Is it right to assume that this virgate may be taken as a pattern of the rest?
The virgate or yard-land was the normal holding, as it was afterwards.
The word 'virgate,' or 'virgada,' was used in Brittany as well as in England.
- long, straight, and thin; rod-shapedvirgate stems
Word Origin for virgate
- British an obsolete measure of land area, usually taken as equivalent to 30 acres