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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Virgate A yardland, or measure of land varying from fifteen to forty acres.
    • a Virgate (Bot) Having the form of a straight rod; wand-shaped; straight and slender.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • virgate In geology, noting a system of faults, the minor members of which branch from a central one as twigs from a bough.
    • virgate To branch off, like a twig, or diverge like a system of twigs.
    • virgate Having the shape of a wand or rod; slender, straight, and erect: as, a virgate stem; a virgate polyp.
    • n virgate 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 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Virgate vėr′gāt like a wand or rod: slender, straight
    • n Virgate an old English measure of surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. virgata, virgata terrae, so much land as virga terrae, a land measure, contains, fr. L. virga, a twig, rod


In literature:

Geoffrey Sweyn demands the moiety of one virgate of land which John Crisp and Alina Hele hold, and he gives 2s.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Some, holding only a half or a quarter virgate, are spoken of as half or quarter villains.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
This species differs from T. portentosum in the pileus not being virgate, and from T. fucatum in the smooth, striate or grooved stem.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The uniformity of size characteristic of the early virgates disappeared.
"The Enclosures in England" by Harriett Bradley
P. orange, virgate, then grey and silky; s. striate, yellow, apex red.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
This half virgate ought to work and is now free.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
The usual division of the hide was into virgates, a virgate being, after the Conquest at least, the normal holding of the villein with two oxen.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Indeed there is not much sense in talking about virgates or half-virgates at all.
"The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century" by Richard Henry Tawney
The virgate was again divided into quarters, called ferlings, of 7-1/2 acres each.
"The Story of an Ancient Parish" by H. R. Coulthard