Backstaff means: An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the heavenly bodies, but now superseded by the quadrant and sextant; -- so called because the observer turned his back to the body observed.
Bedstaff means: "A wooden pin stuck anciently on the sides of the bedstead, to hold the clothes from slipping on either side."
Broomstaff means: A broomstick.
Colestaff means: See Colstaff.
Colstaff means: A staff by means of which a burden is borne by two persons on their shoulders.
Cowlstaff means: A staff or pole on which a vessel is supported between two persons.
Cross-staff means: An instrument formerly used at sea for taking the altitudes of celestial bodies.
Cross-staff means: A surveyor's instrument for measuring offsets.
Distaff means: The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
Distaff means: Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively.
Zythum means: A kind of ancient malt beverage; a liquor made from malt and wheat.
Zythepsary means: A brewery.
Zythem means: See Zythum.
Zymotic means: Designating, or pertaining to, a certain class of diseases. See Zymotic disease, below.
Zymotic means: Of, pertaining to, or caused by, fermentation.
Zymosis means: A zymotic disease.
Zymosis means: A fermentation; hence, an analogous process by which an infectious disease is believed to be developed.
Zymose means: Invertin.
Zymophyte means: A bacteroid ferment.
Zymosimeter means: An instrument for ascertaining the degree of fermentation occasioned by the mixture of different liquids, and the degree of heat which they acquire in fermentation.
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