- a bronze celt fitted into a split wooden handle.
Also pal·staff [pawl-staf, -stahf, pal-] /ˈpɔlˌstæf, -ˌstɑf, ˈpæl-/.
Origin of palstave
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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
C19: from Danish paalstav, from Old Norse, from páll spade + stafr staff 1