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 for truncheon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Truncheon \Trun"cheon\, v. t.
     To beat with a truncheon. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Truncheon \Trun"cheon\, n. [OE. tronchoun the shaft of a broken
     spear, broken piece, OF. tronchon, tron?on, F. tron?on, fr.
     OF. & F. tronce, tronche, a piece of wood; cf. OF. trons,
     tros, trois; all perhaps from L. thyrsus a stalk, stem,
     staff. See Thyrsus, and cf. Trounce.]
     1. A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear.
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              With his truncheon he so rudely struck. --Spenser.
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     2. A baton, or military staff of command.
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              The marshal's truncheon nor the judges robe. --Shak.
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     3. A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off,
        to produce rapid growth. --Gardner.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  truncheon
      n 1: a short stout club used primarily by policemen [syn:
           truncheon, nightstick, baton, billy, billystick,
           billy club]

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