bookstaff

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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 Norwegian Bokmål bokstav, Norwegian Nynorsk bokstav, Swedish bokstav German Buchstabe, Danish bogstav.

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bookstaff ‎(plural bookstaves or bookstaffs)

  1. (alphabetic, rare) letter, letter of the alphabet, a written character.
    • 1884, The Builder - Volume 46:
      As the “bookstaff” had vanished before the littera, another substance had to be employed for the purpose of writing, and the skins of animals, properly prepared and called bók fell, or book skins, appeared.
    • 1932, Seumas O'Sullivan, The Dublin magazine:
      This is Aleph, says Isaac ; the first bookstaff in the grammatic.
    • 2011, Terrence J. White, My Joy in the Morning:
      Here I sit with a pencil and pad / Pouring out my ideas / Making bookstaff images of ideas I've had / Write down the vision and make it plain / So that all who pass by can catch it / Well A B C - 1 2 3 [...]

Etymology 2[edit]

book +‎ staff(group of people)

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bookstaff ‎(plural bookstaffs)

  1. (rare) A group of individuals involved in the creation or formation of books. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • 1951, Walter Lever, Jerusalem is Called Liberty:
      After browsing long and happily at bookstaffs with a wide range of new English publications and journals in almost every European language, I would retire honourably to enjoy the 45 EXODUS.
    • 1994, Continuity - Issue 18:
      They compose the editorial staffs and the book staffs.