Staves is properly the plural of staff, but it is used in the A.V. distinctively as the rendering of the plural of בִּד, bad (literally part, and so occasionally rendered "branch," etc.), spoken of the bars or poles for carrying the sacred ark (Ex 25:13-28, etc.; Nu 4:6-14; 1Ki 8:7-8; 2Ch 5:8-9); and of מוֹטָה, motah, a staff or pole for bearing on the shoulder (1Ch 15:15), especially the ox-bow of a yoke ("band," Le 26:13), and hence the "yoke" itself (q.v.). SEE STAFF.