1) A horizontal timber, the highest beam in the roof-frame of a building.

1642 aboute a yard or more belowe the rigge tree, Elmswell

1672 we had busy work in laying our rig-tree, Northowram

1733 7 spars and one ridgetree, Wakefield.

spellings rig-tree
dates 1642 1672 1733

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