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battledore

1. 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.
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Volumes 1 and 2 contain five horn-books and two battledores in facsimile.
The item called The British Battledore (dimensions 14.
Facsimiles of hornbooks (1) and their successor, the battledore, are examined here within the context of a selection of contemporaneous English language alphabet books from the Library's rare Children's Literature Collection.
All the special battledores on display carry a congratulatory theme.
An exhibition of ''hagoita'' -- ornamental battledores -- featuring the likenesses of Crown Princess Masako, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and major league baseball player Ichiro Suzuki opened Wednesday at the traditional Japanese doll store Kyugetsu in Tokyo.
Other famous people featured on the battledores include this year's Nobel chemistry prize winner Ryoji Noyori and Tatsunori Hara, the new manager for the Yomiuri Giants.
The ''Princess Masako'' battledore shows the crown princess carrying a baby, celebrating the birth Saturday of the first child to her and Crown Prince Naruhito.
Yukio Minamikawa, head of a guild of battledore makers and sellers at Sensoji temple, said he expects many customers to visit the place and buy the battledores during the event.
A charity sale of ornamental battledores created by 17 ''manga'' cartoonists also began the same day, and the proceeds will go to residents of Miyakejima Island, who were forced to leave the island 200 kilometers south of Tokyo by volcanic eruptions that began in the summer of last year, the organizers said.
Merchants at some 50 stalls inside the Sensoji temple compound set up shop to sell the ornamental ''hagoita'' battledores that traditionally feature caricatures of popular Kabuki actors and people who have made news during the year.
The faces of American League MVP Ichiro Suzuki, Crown Princess Masako and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reflect this year's news on decorative battledores, as seen at the annual battledore fair that began Monday in Tokyo's Taito Ward.
In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale reproved the English Parliament for failing to weigh seriously the consequences of making changes to social programs, charging that "without an inquiry after results, past or present, it is all experiment, see-saw, doctrinaire, a shuttlecock between two battledores.