There are of course many instances in the charters of a pertica, virga, gyrd used as a measure of mere length.
In the Exeter Domesday virga not virgata is the common word.
In the middle ages the general literary term throughout Europe was coles (or colis) from caulis, a stalk, and virga, a rod.
Ego vir videns paupertatem meam in virga indignationis ejus.
Mr. Mason could not agree to the motion, notwithstanding it was favorable to virga.
In the Exchequer book an abbreviated form is used; but virga appears in i. 216 b.
Hence it follows that the quarter of an acre is a rood or yard or virga or virgata of land.
Now this cone and stem are carried in the Bacchic festivities, and can be readily recognised as virga cum ovo.
A power less poetical but not less fabulous then the story of the virga Fatalis that conducted neas to the Shades.