Definition of cowlstaff
: 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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