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virgate1

[vur-git, -geyt] /ˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin virgātus; see virga, -ate1

virgate2

[vur-git, -geyt] /ˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt/
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).
Also called yardland.
Origin
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
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  • virgate wandlike, slender erect growing stem with many leaves or very short branches.
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virgate1

/ˈvɜːɡɪt; -ɡeɪt/
adjective
1.
long, straight, and thin; rod-shaped: virgate stems
Word Origin
C19: from Latin virgātus made of twigs, from virga a rod

virgate2

/ˈvɜːɡɪt; -ɡeɪt/
noun
1.
(Brit) an obsolete measure of land area, usually taken as equivalent to 30 acres
Word Origin
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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