stæf
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stæf
I. AddÁlecge þonne his wǽpna, and nime stæf him on hande, and gá bærfót, Ll. Th. ii. 286, 19. I a. an official staff, staff emblematical of office :-- Cóm ƀ and forneáh man sceolde tóbrecan his stæf (stef, v. l.), for ðan hé ne cúðe dón his gerihte swá wel swá hé sceolde fere perdidit baculum suum, quia nescivit ministerium suum, Chr. 1047; P. 171, 13. Hé þám ƀ his stæf benam, 1094; P. 229, 4. II. AddÐis gewrit is gewriten stæf be stæfe be þám gewrite þe Dúnstán sealde úrum hláforde, Ll. Lbmn. 214, 24. Se biscop hine hét (steafa, v. l. ) naman cweðan, Bd. 5, 2; Sch. 558, 22. getæl þǽra stafena, Angl. viii. 335, 40. Stricum, stafum apicibus, i. litteris, An. Ox. 2009. III. AddTó þám Lucius Bretene kyning sende stafas misit ad eum Lucius Brittaniarum rex epistulam (Bd. 1, 4), Chr. 167; P. 8, 19. IV. AddStafena (for wk. form cf. 1557 note) litterarum, i. dogmatum, An. Ox. 2311. in the following passages stafum seems an error for stánum Hús mid gyldenum stafum (aureis laterculis) getimbrod, Gr. D. 319, 7: 321, 11. Cf. þá gyldenan stánas, 321, 21.] v. áþ-, bisceop-, canter-, edwít-, Lǽden-stæf.
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