/verr"git, -gayt/, adj.
shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.
[1815-25; < L virgatus; see VIRGA, -ATE1]
/verr"git, -gayt/, n.
an early English measure of land of varying extent, usually considered equivalent to a quarter of a hide, or about 30 acres (12 hectares).
Also called yardland.
[1645-55; < ML virgata (terrae) measure (of land), fem. of L virgatus pertaining to a rod; see VIRGATE1; trans. OE gierd landes yard-measure of land]

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  • Virgate — Vir gate, a. [L. virgatus made of twigs, fr. virga a twig, rod. See {Verge} a rod.] (Bot.) Having the form of a straight rod; wand shaped; straight and slender. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virgate — virgate1 [vʉr′git, vʉr′gāt΄] n. [ML virgata (terrae) < L virga, twig (see VERGE1): used as transl. of OE gierdland, yardland] a former English unit of land measure varying greatly in size, but most commonly equal to about 30 acres virgate2… …   English World dictionary

  • Virgate — The virgate was a unit of land area measurement used in medieval England, typically outside the Danelaw, and was held to be the amount of land that a team of two oxen could plough in a single annual season.Fact|date=April 2008 It was equivalent… …   Wikipedia

  • virgate — I. noun Etymology: Medieval Latin virgata, from virga, a land measure, from Latin, rod Date: 1655 an old English unit of land area equal to one quarter of a hide or one quarter of an acre II. adjective Etymology: New Latin virgatus, from Latin,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Virgate — One quarter of a hide. However, in the Devonshire Domesday Book, was used as a unit of tax rather than of land area. Hemyock was assessed as paying Geld for one Virgate. Also called a yardland or yard of land. ♦ Standard tenant s holding on many… …   Medieval glossary

  • virgate — I vir•gate [[t]ˈvɜr gɪt, geɪt[/t]] adj. shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight • Etymology: 1815–25; < L virgātus; see virga, ate I II vir•gate [[t]ˈvɜr gɪt, geɪt[/t]] n. wam an early English measure of land, equal to about 30… …   From formal English to slang

  • virgate —    an old English unit of land area equal to 1/4 hide.    This is roughly 30 acres or 12 hectares. The virgate was also called the yardland or yard of land …   Dictionary of units of measurement

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