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battledore

[bat-l-dawr, -dohr] /ˈbæt lˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
noun
1.
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
2.
a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
3.
a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child's primer.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), battledored, battledoring.
4.
to toss or fly back and forth:
to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English batyldo(u)re washing beetle, equivalent to batyl to beat (clothes) in washing (frequentative of bat1) + -dore dung beetle (beetle1 for beetle2 by way of pun, with allusion to filth on clothes). See dor1
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British Dictionary definitions for battledore and shuttlecock

battledore

/ˈbætəlˌdɔː/
noun
1.
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. an ancient racket game
2.
a light racket, smaller than a tennis racket, used for striking the shuttlecock in this game
3.
(formerly) a wooden utensil used for beating clothes, in baking, etc
Word Origin
C15 batyldoure, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor a beater, from Old French battre to beat, batter1
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Word Origin and History for battledore and shuttlecock

battledore

n.

mid-15c., "bat-like implement used in washing clothes," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor, Spanish batidor "beater, bat," from batir "to beat;" perhaps blended with Middle English betel "hammer, mallet." As a trype of racket used in a game, from 1590s.

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Encyclopedia Article for battledore and shuttlecock

children's game played by two persons using small rackets called battledores, which are made of parchment, plastic, or rows of gut or nylon stretched across wooden frames, and shuttlecocks, made of a base of some light material, such as cork, with trimmed feathers fixed around the top. Players try to bat the shuttlecock back and forth as many times as possible without allowing it to fall to the ground. Ancient Greek drawings represent a game almost identical with battledore and shuttlecock, and it has been popular in China, Japan, India, and Thailand for at least 2,000 years. It has been played in Europe for centuries. Badminton is a further development of the game

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