vi·​ga ˈvē-gə How to pronounce viga (audio)
: one of the heavy rafters and especially a log supporting the roof in American Indian and Spanish architecture of the Southwest

Examples of viga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Built in 1927, this three-bed, three-bath home has a gorgeous interior with hardwood floors and viga, or wooden beam, ceilings to complement the beige walls. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, 15 Aug. 2018

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Word History


Spanish, beam, rafter

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viga was in 1844

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“Viga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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