from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
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I should think it would be a fair number, though presumably you'd have to take them from a sort of ring around the junction of the heartwood with the sapwood, since a bowstave was supposed to have both types of wood in the right positions.
Rick - that may also be related to the availability of the technology; horse archery cultures tend to use compound bows to get sufficient power from a short bowstave, and compound bows are very complicated and sophisticated things.
And a wooden bowstave would be less likely to survive to be dug up by archaeologists, even if one was buried with its owner.
She held her bowstave propped in front of her with both hands as if to keep them from making fists.
The bowstave he left in the wagon he shared with Egeanin and Domon. neither of whom was there, then headed for Tuon's faded purple wagon.
But he had not come for breakfast or a bowstave any more than for gambling.
Birgitte muttered a curse before following her. swishing her bowstave sideways through the air as though thinking of striking someone.
"So you say, so you say," Mat muttered, lowering one end of the bowstave to the stone floor so he could lean on it.
The next morning, with the sun just rising toward a cloudless sky, he was sitting on the steps of his green wagon, carefully scraping at the bowstave with a sharp knife-you had to be careful, almost delicate: a careless slice could ruin all your work-when Egeanin and Domon came out.
Realizing the Illianer was beginning to glare at him, he hastily got to his feet and made a presentable bow over the bowstave.
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