From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whirlbat \Whirl"bat`\, n.
   Anything moved with a whirl, as preparatory for a blow, or to
   augment the force of it; -- applied by poets to the cestus of
   ancient boxers.
   [1913 Webster]

         The whirlbat and the rapid race shall be
         Reserved for Caesar.                     --Dryden.
   [1913 Webster]
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