• IPA: /ˈbʊkˌstæf/, /ˈbʊk.stɪf/, /ˈbʊk.stɑːf/, /ˈbʊk.stəf/

bookstaff (plural bookstaves)

  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.

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