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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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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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