- a bronze celt fitted into a split wooden handle.
Origin of palstave
Examples from the Web for palstave
Historical Examples of palstave
It is not always easy to discriminate unhesitatingly between the true axe-head and the palstave.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
The flat axes are distinguished by the side stops and in some cases the transition from palstave to socketed axe can be seen.
It is nothing else than the old Scandinavian "paalstaf," the "palstave" or "winged celt" of English antiquaries.
- archaeol a kind of celt, usually of bronze, made to fit into a split wooden handle rather than having a socket for the handle