Zollstock

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German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

18th century, from Zoll (inch) +‎ Stock (stick). Compare equivalent Dutch duimstok.

Noun[edit]

Zollstock m (genitive Zollstockes, plural Zollstöcke)

  1. rule; folding rule; yardstick; meter stick (strip of wood or other hard material, typically foldable, for measuring length, regardless of the measure system used)
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Descendants[edit]
  • Hungarian: colstok
  • Polish: colsztok (Silesia)
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From a word for a tollhouse, from Zoll (toll, customs).

Proper noun[edit]

Zollstock n (genitive Zollstocks)

  1. Zollstock, a district of Cologne.