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[mey-pohl] /ˈmeɪˌpoʊl/

noun, (often lowercase)
a tall pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance or engage in sports during celebrations.
a tall pole fixed upright in an open space during May-Day celebrations, around which people dance holding streamers attached at its head

“high striped pole decorated with flowers and ribbons for May Day merrymakers to dance around,” attested from 1550s but certainly much older, as the first mention of it is in an ordinance banning them, and there are references to such erections, though not by this name, from a mid-14c. Welsh poem. See May Day.


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