Meaning of bâton de commandement

bâ•ton de com•man•de•ment

Pronunciation: (Fr. bä-tôn du kô-män-du-män'), [key]
  1. 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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