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Jacob's staff

noun, plural Jacob's staves.
1.
Astronomy. cross-staff.
2.
Surveying. a pole providing a firm support for a compass or other instrument.
Origin of Jacob's staff
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50
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Jacob's staff

noun
1.
a medieval instrument for measuring heights and distances
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