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noun cowl·staff \ˈkōl-ˌstaf, ˈkau̇(-ə)l-, ˈkül-\

Definition of cowlstaff


  1. :  a staff from which a vessel is suspended and carried between two persons

Origin and Etymology of cowlstaff

Middle English cuvelstaff, from cuvel vessel (from Old English cūfel, ultimately from Late Latin cupella, diminutive of Latin cūpa tub) + 1staff — more at hive

First Known Use: 13th century

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