cowlstaff

noun
cowl·​staff | \ ˈkōl-ˌstaf How to pronounce cowlstaff (audio) , ˈkau̇(-ə)l-, ˈkül- \

Definition of cowlstaff

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

First Known Use of cowlstaff

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cowlstaff

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

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“Cowlstaff.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowlstaff. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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