from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rude contrivance, consisting of a board struck by a mallet, once used in the Armenian church service when bells were prohibited.


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  • Greene in the introduction to his _Farewell to Folly_, who, he intimates, were averse "for their calling and gravity" to have their names appear as the authors of ballads or plays, and so secured "some other batillus to set their names to their verses."

    Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592


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