[ vur-gyuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ ˈvɜr gyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /


rod-shaped; virgate.


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Origin of virgulate

1830–40; < Latin virgul(a) rod (see virga, -ule) + -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for virgulate

/ (ˈvɜːɡjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /


rod-shaped or rodlike

Word Origin for virgulate

C19: from Latin virgula a little rod, from virga rod
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