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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bundle of straw, or other material, to relieve the pressure of burdens carried upon the head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bundle of straw, or other material, to relieve the pressure of burdens carried upon the head.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wisp; a bundle of hay, straw, etc. Also waese, weesc. Jamieson.
  • n. A cushion or pad of straw, etc., worn on the head in order to soften the pressure of a load.
  • n. A torch.
  • n. An obsolete form of woose.

Etymologies

From Middle English wase ("torch"), related to Middle Dutch and Middle Low German wase ("bundle of straw, torch"), Danish vase ("wisp of straw, bundle"), Swedish vase ("a sheaf"). (Wiktionary)

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