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palstave

[pawl-steyv, pal-] /ˈpɔlˌsteɪv, ˈpæl-/
noun, Archaeology
1.
a bronze celt fitted into a split wooden handle.
Also, palstaff
[pawl-staf, -stahf, pal-] /ˈpɔlˌstæf, -ˌstɑf, ˈpæl-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Danish pålstav, special use of Old Norse pālstafr javelin < Old English palster spike, taken (by folk etymology) as representing *pālstæf; see pole, stave
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palstave

/ˈpɔːlˌsteɪv/
noun
1.
(archaeol) a kind of celt, usually of bronze, made to fit into a split wooden handle rather than having a socket for the handle
Word Origin
C19: from Danish paalstav, from Old Norse, from páll spade + stafrstaff1
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