1 [vur-git, -geyt]
shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.

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


2 [vur-git, -geyt]
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; < 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 Unabridged
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virgate1 (ˈvɜːɡɪt, -ɡeɪt)
long, straight, and thin; rod-shaped: virgate stems
[C19: from Latin virgātus made of twigs, from virga a rod]

virgate2 (ˈvɜːɡɪt, -ɡeɪt)
(Brit) an obsolete measure of land area, usually taken as equivalent to 30 acres
[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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Virgate wandlike, slender erect growing stem with many leaves or very short branches.
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