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Variant of maulstick.
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(Art Terms) a variant spelling of maulstick
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a stick that supports an artist's working hand.
[1650–60; partial translation of Dutch maalstok, literally, painting stick = mal(en) to paint + stok stick]
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Noun1.mahlstick - a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brushmahlstick - a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush
stick - an implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
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