Jacob's staff

noun (1)

Definition of Jacob's staff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : a pilgrim's staff
2a obsolete : cross-staff sense 2
b or less commonly Jacob staff : a short square rod with a cursor used for measuring heights and distances
c or less commonly Jacob staff : a straight rod or staff pointed and shod with iron at the bottom for insertion in the ground, having a socket joint at the top, and used instead of a tripod for supporting a compass
3 obsolete : a staff with a sword or dagger concealed in it


noun (2)
plural Jacob's-staffs

Definition of Jacob's-staff (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a plant of the genus Fouquieria

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History and Etymology for Jacob's staff

Noun (1)

after Jacob St. James, symbolized in religious art by a pilgrim's staff

Noun (2)

Jacob's staff (pilgrim's staff)

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“Jacob's staff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacob%27s%20staff. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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