pal-stave

palstave

[pawl-steyv, pal-]
noun Archaeology.
a bronze celt fitted into a split wooden handle.
Also, palstaff [pawl-staf, -stahf, pal-] .


Origin:
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)
 
n
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 + stafrstaff1]

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