any of the heavy ceiling beams in a house of the old Spanish type in the Southwest
Origin of vigaSp, beam
A rafter or roofbeam, especially a trimmed and peeled tree trunk whose end projects from an outside adobe wall.
Origin of vigaAmerican Spanish, from Spanish, perhaps from Latin b&imacron;ga, team of horses, cart (from the long pole between the two horses); see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- a roughly made rafter or roof timber, especially in a Latin American village
From Spanish viga.