bookstaff

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bocstaff (letter, written character), from Old English bōcstæf (letter, written symbol), from Proto-Germanic *bōkastabaz (beechwood staff; written character), equivalent to book +‎ staff. Compare modern Norwegian, Swedish bokstav / Danish bogstav, modern German Buchstabe (letter).

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bookstaff (plural bookstaves or bookstaffs)

  1. (alphabetic, rare) letter, letter of the alphabet, a written character.
    • 1932, Seumas O'Sullivan, The Dublin magazine:
      This is Aleph, says Isaac ; the first bookstaff in the grammatic.

Etymology 2[edit]

book +‎ staff (group of people)

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bookstaff (plural bookstaffs)

  1. A group of individuals involved in the creation or formation of books.