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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
A staff, ending in a small spade or shovel, used to clear earth, roots, weeds, etc., from the coulter and mouldboard of a plough.
Middle English; earliest use found in The Chronicle of Robert of Gloucester. From plough + staff.
plough staff/ˈplaʊ stɑːf/
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