from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Shaped like a wand or rod; straight, long, and slender.
- n. An early English measure of land area of varying value, often equal to about 30 acres (12 hectares).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early English measure of land of about 30 acres.
- adj. Shaped like a rod; straight, long and thin.
- adj. finely striped, often with dark fibers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the form of a straight rod; wand-shaped; straight and slender.
- n. A yardland, or measure of land varying from fifteen to forty acres.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In geology, noting a system of faults, the minor members of which branch from a central one as twigs from a bough.
- To branch off, like a twig, or diverge like a system of twigs.
- Having the shape of a wand or rod; slender, straight, and erect: as, a virgate stem; a virgate polyp.
- n. A measure of surface (corresponding to the ML. terra virgata, measured land). Different areas have been so called, without much uniformity. Compare quotation under holding, 3 .
Latin virgātus, made of twigs, from virga, twig.
Medieval Latin virgāta, from feminine of Latin virgātus, relating to a rod; see virgate1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin virgātus. (Wiktionary)