artillery cleaning staff

artillery cleaning staff

[är′til·ə·rē ′klēn·iŋ ‚staf]
(ordnance)
A round wooden or metal staff with or without a metal handle and with a head unit designed for holding a piece of fabric or cotton for swabbing the bore of a mortar or a short-barrel cannon.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.