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  • n. One of the mushroom-shaped stones used as a support for a barn, (or staddle). The mushroom shaping prevents rats from climbing up to the barn.

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  • Stone support for granaries, and other outbuildings such as game larders, beehives and hayricks. Used to elevate the structures above the ground to provide air circulation, protect from moisture, and to discourage pests. The top portion of staddle stones were commonly mushroom-shaped or spherical to prevent rodents' access. See stathel, staddle.

    September 28, 2009