from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A javelin.
  • n. That part of a flail which is held in the hand.


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  • There is nothing on the wall but a great pike, -- no handstaff, but only an iron crowbar; and other weapons of war are nailed up.


  • So, while some were barring the gates, the young devil climbed up, and took down the flail that had the handstaff and booltheen both made out of red-hot iron.

    Celtic Fairy Tales


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  • A name for the ash or willow handle of a lave net.

    September 1, 2010