from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A rafter or roofbeam, especially a trimmed and peeled tree trunk whose end projects from an outside adobe wall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a roughly made rafter or roof timber, especially in a Latin American village


American Spanish, from Spanish, perhaps from Latin bīga, team of horses, cart (from the long pole between the two horses); see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish viga. (Wiktionary)



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  • "He walked under the vigas of the porch and knocked."
    "The Kid" by Salvatore Scibona, in The New Yorker, June 14 & 21, 2010, page 118

    July 13, 2010