bookstave

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bocstaff, bocstaf (letter; symbol; written character), from Old English bōcstæf (letter, written symbol), from Proto-Germanic *bōkastabaz, equivalent to book +‎ stave (inflected form of staff). Compare modern Norwegian bokstav, Swedish bokstav, Danish bogstav, modern German Buchstabe, modern Dutch boekstaaf.

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Noun[edit]

bookstave (plural bookstaves)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of bookstaff (letter, alphabetic symbol)