from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides west of Mull.

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  • n. an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides to the west of Mull; site of Fingal's Cave


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  • The name Staffa is a Scandinavian word meaning 'Pillar Island,' and no doubt its wonders have been known from very remote times.

    Chatterbox, 1905.

  • Virgin and Child, with Saint Joseph, in Raphael's early manner, very lovely, and reminding one of the "Staffa" Madonna, at Perugia.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • After all, it was only five years ago that I was in their same seats as Ms. Staffa said, some of the drawings on those desks may be my handicraft.

    Shadi Bushra: Mentorship & Motivation

  • Despite the fact that it was one of my seven full days home between school and Sudan, I more than owed it to Ms. Staffa.

    Shadi Bushra: Mentorship & Motivation

  • All that Staffa ever asked of me in exchange for her help was that I pay it forward, so I'm trying to do that regardless of how uncomfortable it can be.

    Shadi Bushra: Mentorship & Motivation

  • When it came time to apply to colleges, Staffa got me thinking about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to do it before even looking at an application.

    Shadi Bushra: Mentorship & Motivation

  • Staffa practically dragged me onto the debate team, which I found that I loved, and constantly pushed me to try harder even when my grades were fine.

    Shadi Bushra: Mentorship & Motivation

  • We know how sexy Cooke looked and how sensational was the play's climax in a cave on Staffa, because, in 1811, a stagestruck publisher, William West, had started to print images of play characters, followed by sets and prosceniums.

    Projections of puppet theatre

  • Staffa, who is currently driving through Ohio, said his routine is to pull into a state capital and check in with a shelter or homelessness advocate group to find out how that particular state deals with its homeless population.

    Homeless Man Drives Across Country Helping Other Homeless

  • Hoping to prove that homeless people can be as productive and inspiring as anyone else, Staffa sold all of his belongings on eBay and embarked on a 9,000 mile road trip across 48 states, raising awareness for homelessness.

    Homeless Man Drives Across Country Helping Other Homeless

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  • an island renown for its basaltic columns.... something to Mull over (Mull is a nearby island)

    February 7, 2012