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.