noun pal·stave \ˈpȯl+ˌ-\
variants: less commonly



Definition of palstave



  1. :  a usually bronze celt designed for a split handle

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Origin and Etymology of palstave

Danish paalstav, from Old Norse pālstafr, a heavy missile, probably from pāll spade, hoe (from Old English pāl, from Latin pala) + stafr staff — more at palette, staff

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