battledore shuttlecock


[bat-l-dawr, -dohr]
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
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.
to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.

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 Unabridged
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battledore (ˈbætəlˌdɔː)
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
[C15 batyldoure, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor a beater, from Old French battre to beat, batter1]

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