from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short bat for beating clothes when washing them.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short bat for beating clothes in washing them; -- called also batler, batling staff, batting staff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as batler.
II. iv.48 (262,5) [batlet] The instrument with which washers beat their coarse cloaths.
Based on the beloved book by Janelle Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat whose life is flitting along right on schedule -- until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her loving grasp.
I remember, when I was in love I broke my sword upon a stone and bid him take that for coming a-night to Jane Smile; and I remember the kissing of her batlet and the cow's dugs that her pretty chopt hands had milked; and I remember the wooing of a peascod instead of her, from whom I took two cods and, giving her them again, said with weeping tears 'Wear these for my sake.'