maul-stick

maulstick

[mawl-stik]
noun
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maulstick or mahlstick (ˈmɔːlˌstɪk)
 
n
a long stick used by artists to steady the hand holding the brush
 
[C17: partial translation of Dutch maalstok, from obsolete malen to paint + stokstick1]
 
mahlstick or mahlstick
 
n
 
[C17: partial translation of Dutch maalstok, from obsolete malen to paint + stokstick1]

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maulstick
"light stick used by painters to support the painting hand," 1650s, from Du. maalstok, from mallen "to paint" + stock "stick."
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