Etymology
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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" (see beetle (n.2)). As a type of racket used in a game, from 1590s, from similarity of shape.

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Definitions of battledore

battledore (n.)
a light long-handled racket used by badminton players;
Synonyms: badminton racket / badminton racquet
battledore (n.)
an ancient racket game;
Synonyms: battledore and shuttlecock
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