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VERGE (Lat. virga, a rod)

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 1021 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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VERGE (Lat. virga, a rod), originally a staff denoting authority, whence (from the ceremony in swearing fealty to a lord) the sense of a measurement, and so boundary or border, of land, or generally a margin of space. In architecture, a verge is the edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof; that on the horizontal portion being called " eaves." The term " verge board," generally now known as barge board, is the name given to the board under the verge of gables, some-times moulded, and often very richly carved, perforated and cusped, and frequently having pendants and sometimes finials at the apex.
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