Jacob's staff


Definition of Jacob's staff

  1. 1 obsolete :  a pilgrim's staff

  2. 2a obsolete :  cross-staff 2 b less commonly Jacob staff :  a short square rod with a cursor used for measuring heights and distances c 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. 3 obsolete :  a staff with a sword or dagger concealed in it

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Origin and Etymology of jacob's staff

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

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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