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virgate

Line breaks: vir|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːɡət
 
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Definition of virgate in English:

noun

British historical
A varying measure of land, typically 30 acres.
Example sentences
  • It was his own property, served by a poor priest in return for glebe land of 2 virgates, twice as much as a ceorl.
  • Now, allowing for variation in the size of acres, it may be that those two virgates were Pinnocks Field.
  • These villages were then spelt Blachesleune and Atenestone and containing seven hides and one virgate of land.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin virgatus, from virga 'rod'.

Words that rhyme with virgate

ergot

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