[ pawl-steyv, pal- ]
/ ˈpɔlˌsteɪv, ˈpæl- /

noun Archaeology.

a bronze celt fitted into a split wooden handle.

Words nearby palstave

Also pal·staff [pawl-staf, -stahf, pal-] /ˈpɔlˌstæf, -ˌstɑf, ˈpæl-/.

Origin of palstave

1850–55; < Danish pålstav, special use of Old Norse pālstafr javelin < Old English palster spike, taken (by folk etymology) as representing *pālstæf; see pole1, stave Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palstave

/ (ˈpɔːlˌsteɪv) /


archaeol a kind of celt, usually of bronze, made to fit into a split wooden handle rather than having a socket for the handle

Word Origin for palstave

C19: from Danish paalstav, from Old Norse, from páll spade + stafr staff 1
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