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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bow staff, n. [Bow n.1 Also ME. (1436) and e.m.E. pl. bowstaves.] A stave of wood suitable for making into a bow. 1425 Acts II. 8/1.
That all merchandis passande oure the see … bring hame … harnes & armouris with spere schaftis & bow staffis
1445 Edinb. Chart. 67.
Of the hundir bowstauys iiij d.
1447 Dundee Chart. 24.
Of c. boustafis

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