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noun pl. quarterstaves
- a stout, iron-tipped, wooden staff, six to eight feet long, formerly used in England as a weapon
- the use of the quarterstaff in fighting, often as a sport
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noun pl. quar·ter·staves
A long wooden staff formerly used as a weapon.