cowlstaff


cowl·staff

noun \ˈkōl-ˌstaf, ˈka(-ə)l-, ˈkül-\

Definition of COWLSTAFF

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

Origin 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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