staddle

[stad-l]
noun
  1. the lower part of a stack of hay or the like.
  2. a supporting frame for a stack, or a platform on which a stack is placed.
  3. any supporting framework or base.

Origin of staddle

before 900; Middle English stathel, Old English stathol base, support, tree trunk; cognate with Old High German stadal barn, Old Norse stǫthull milking place; akin to stead
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staddle

noun
  1. a support or prop, esp a low flat-topped stone structure for supporting hay or corn stacks about two feet above ground level
  2. a supporting frame for such a stack
  3. the lower part of a hay or corn stack

Word Origin for staddle

Old English stathol base; related to Old Norse stothull cow pen, Old High German stadal barn
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