virgate

1
[vur-git, -geyt]
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adjective

shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.

Origin of virgate

1
1815–25; < Latin virgātus; see virga, -ate1

virgate

2
[vur-git, -geyt]

noun

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 virgate

2
1645–55; < Medieval Latin virgāta (terrae) measure (of land), feminine of Latin virgātus pertaining to a rod; see virgate1; translation Old English gierd landes yard-measure of land
Also called yardland.
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Examples from the Web for virgate

Historical Examples of virgate

  • A commonly recurrent term is wista; it corresponds to the virgate: a great wista is as much as half-a-hide, or two virgates.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • In most of the cases, when the virgate is described in its component parts, we come across irregularities.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • So again, if a iugum is quartered, its quarter can be called a virgate.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • On the other hand, any reference to such an unit as the virgate or yard-land is exceedingly rare.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Ferlingseti are to be met with now and then in connexion with the ferling or ferdel, the fourth part of a virgate.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff



British Dictionary definitions for virgate

virgate

1

adjective

long, straight, and thin; rod-shapedvirgate stems

Word Origin for virgate

C19: from Latin virgātus made of twigs, from virga a rod

virgate

2

noun

British an obsolete measure of land area, usually taken as equivalent to 30 acres

Word Origin for virgate

C17: from Medieval Latin virgāta (terrae) a rod's measurement (of land), from Latin virga rod; the phrase is a translation of Old English gierd landes a yard of land
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