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.