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standish

[stan-dish] /ˈstæn dɪʃ/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a stand for ink, pens, and other writing materials.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; origin uncertain; perhaps stand + dish

Standish

[stan-dish] /ˈstæn dɪʃ/
noun
1.
Burt L. pseudonym of Gilbert Patten.
2.
Myles or Miles
[mahylz] /maɪlz/ (Show IPA),
c1584–1656, American settler, born in England: military leader in Plymouth Colony.
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  • The entire time people are over, he is off-standish and cowers, tail between his legs.
British Dictionary definitions for standish

standish

/ˈstændɪʃ/
noun
1.
a stand, usually of metal, for pens, ink bottles, etc
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin

Standish

/ˈstændɪʃ/
noun
1.
Myles (or Miles). ?1584–1656, English military leader of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth, New England
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Encyclopedia Article for standish

inkstand

receptacle for a pen, ink, and other writing accessories. In England such a utensil was called a standish from the 15th to the 18th century. Inkstands were made of silver, pewter, lead, earthenware, or porcelain. Silver was the most fashionable material used throughout the 18th century. Later inkstands contain a wide variety of accessories, such as a taper stick (a candlestick to hold small tapers), pounce box (for sprinkling pounce, a powdered gum that fixed ink to paper), wafer-box (to hold wafers used to seal letters), a penknife, and quills. The use of inkstands gradually disappeared after fountain pens were perfected early in the 20th century.

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