One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rough-hewn roof timber or rafter, especially in an adobe building.
- ‘Some of the material was used for firewood and some for traditional fencing and viga poles used in southwestern houses.’
- ‘Adobe-walled rooms, named after Bynner's friends - Willa Cather and D.H. Lawrence, among others - have kiva fireplaces, viga beams, and tiled floors decorated with colorful throw rugs.’
- ‘The couple built the restaurant themselves, harvesting the logs for the vigas (ceiling beams) in the tribal forest in the mountains, plastering the interior walls with adobe and covering the outside with a thin layer of concrete.’
- ‘Trees that towered over prairie rivers were transformed into pirogues (hand-hewn canoes for trappers and traders), stockades for early military forts, and vigas or ceiling beams for adobe homesteads.’
- ‘This is not a weak imitation of traditional Southwest architecture, complete with fake vigas (protruding, rough-hewn beams).’
- ‘Or book a table at Byzantium, a stylishly bohemian room with wood vigas overhead.’
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