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Shaped like a wand or rod; straight, long, and slender.
[Latin virgātus, made of twigs, from virga, twig.]
An early English measure of land area of varying value, often equal to about 30 acres (12 hectares).
[Medieval Latin virgāta, from feminine of Latin virgātus, relating to a rod; see virgate1.]
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long, straight, and thin; rod-shaped: virgate stems.
[C19: from Latin virgātus made of twigs, from virga a rod]
(Units) 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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vir•gate1(ˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt)
shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.
vir•gate2(ˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt)
an early English measure of land, equal to about 30 acres (12 hectares).
[1645–55; < Medieval Latin virgāta (terrae) measure (of land), feminine of Latin virgātus pertaining to a rod; see virgate1]
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