bâton de commandement

[ French bah-tawnduhkaw-mahn-duh-mahn ]
/ French bɑ tɔ̃ də kɔ mɑ̃ dəˈmɑ̃ /
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noun, plural bâ·tons de com·man·de·ment [French bah-tawnduhkaw-mahn-duh-mahn]. /French bɑ tɔ̃ də kɔ mɑ̃ dəˈmɑ̃/.
an Upper Paleolithic instrument possibly used as a shaft straightener, often made from the main beam of an antler and having one or more perforations through which a shaft could pass.
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Origin of bâton de commandement

First recorded in 1810–20 in the nautical sense “ensign staff at the mast head”; current sense dates from 1890–95; from French: literally, “staff of command”; so called because the instrument was originally thought to function as a sign of authority

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British Dictionary definitions for bâton de commandement

bâton de commandement
/ French (bɑtɔ̃ də kɔmɑ̃dmɑ̃) /

an antler object found in Upper Palaeolithic sites from the Aurignacian period onwards, consisting of a rod, often ornately decorated, with a hole through the thicker end

Word Origin for bâton de commandement

literally: baton of command, although the object was probably actually used in making shafts for arrows and spears
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