from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A staff with a flat disk at one end, used in churning by hand in an upright churn.
- noun A name of the sunspurge, Euphorbia helioscopia, from its straight stem spreading into a flat top.
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A churn-staff made of this wood secured the butter during the process of churning.
On entering the kitchen, he found that he had been anticipated: there was neither tongs, poker, nor churn-staff, nor, in fact, anything wherewith he could assault his enemies; all had been carried off by others.
So according, after a very hard battle on her side, being a powerful woman, she was obliged to travel -- but not till she had left many of them marks to remimber her by; among the rest, Dick himself got his nose split on his face, with the stroke of a churn-staff, so that he carried half a nose on each cheek till the day of his death.
She then lit a rush-light, which she pressed against a small cleft of iron that was driven into a wooden shaft, about three feet long, which stood upon a bottom that resembled the head of a churn-staff.
a taste of soda , and worked up and down with a machine, something like a churn-staff, until it is of the consistence of thick cream, when it is ready for use.