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- n. Plural form of flagstaff.
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Fastened to the towers are four tall flagstaves -- two on either side of the gate -- and from them float gaily-coloured pennons.
Soon we pass a great city, its temples standing out clear against the deep blue sky, with their towering gateways, gay flags floating from tall flagstaves in front of them, and great obelisks pointing to the sky; and our pilot says that this is Memphis, one of the oldest towns in the country, and for long its capital.
 The undated admiralty copy (_post_ 1744) has 'flagstaves.'
Over the altar are still seen the French flagstaves, taken by the garrison in a desperate sally.