Definition of palstave in English:

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palstave

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːlsteɪv/

noun

Archaeology
A type of chisel, typically made of bronze, which is shaped to fit into a split handle rather than having a socket for the handle.
Example sentences
  • We thought the site was probably Middle Bronze Age (a palstave axe of that era had been found nearby), but we had no proof.
  • Also found was an unbroken half of a two-part mould for a middle Bronze Age palstave, or flanged axe.
  • It is characterized by developed bronze types including palstaves, flange-hilted swords, dirks with rounded or trapezoidal butts, and a variety of pins and bracelets.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Danish paalstav, from Old Norse pálstavr, from páll 'hoe' (compare with Latin palus 'stake') + stafr 'staff'.

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