1) A staff with a wedge-shaped piece of iron at the end, used for cutting up weeds, especially thistles.

1592 spitle staffe viijd, South Cave

1605 to Marmaduke Coghill one spitbell staffe [sic], Knaresborough

1614 two night staves, one daye staffe, one spattell [sic] staffe, Brandsby

1731 struck him with a spitling staffe, Leeds.

dates 1592 1605 1614 1731

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