virgate

1
[vur-git, -geyt]

Origin of virgate

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

virgate

2
[vur-git, -geyt]
noun
  1. 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for virgate

Historical Examples of virgate


British Dictionary definitions for virgate

virgate

1
adjective
  1. 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
  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012