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bâton de commandement

[French bah-tawn duh kaw-mahn-duh-mahn] /French bɑ tɔ̃ də kɔ mɑ̃ dəˈmɑ̃/
an Upper Paleolithic instrument possibly used as a shaft straightener, often made from the main beam of an antler and having one or more perforations through which a shaft could pass.
Origin of bâton de commandement
< French: literally, staff of command; so called because it was originally thought to function as a sign of authority Unabridged
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bâton de commandement

/bɑtɔ̃ də kɔmɑ̃dmɑ̃/
an antler object found in Upper Palaeolithic sites from the Aurignacian period onwards, consisting of a rod, often ornately decorated, with a hole through the thicker end
Word Origin
literally: baton of command, although the object was probably actually used in making shafts for arrows and spears
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