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Zupko suggested this was a measurement of length synonymous with yard, with a first reference cited from 1300. The Middle English Dictionary suggests the possibility, but only as a query, and barely supports it. See also cloth: dimensions and weights , in which it is also suggested that this meaning is unlikely.


Kurath, H., Kuhn, S. M., Reidy J. and Lewis, R. E., ed., Middle English Dictionary (Ann Arbor, MI: 1952-2001), s.v. verge.

Zupko, R. E., A Dictionary of Weights and Measures for theBritish Isles: the Middle Ages to the twentieth century (Philadel…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Verge”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000889>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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