Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
) A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking.
2. (n.) A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
3. (n.) A knee, or piece of knee timber
4. (n.) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch.
5. (v. t.) To support on crutches; to prop up.
Strong's Hebrew6418. pelek -- whorl of a spindle, a district...
distaff, participle. From an unused root meaning to be round; a circuit (ie District);
also a spindle (as whirled); hence, a crutch
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