from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden spoon used in handling newly made butter.
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"That my girl," Phoebe explained, stopping the soft pat -- pat of her butter-ladle.
She had lived too long in the West to seem startled when she suddenly discovered herself watched by three pair of beady black eyes, so she merely nodded, and laid down her butter-ladle to shake hands all around.