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 bīga 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.