variants or less commonly palstaff
plural -s
: a usually bronze celt designed for a split handle

Word History


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

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“Palstave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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