plural baculi
: a staff regarded as symbolic of authority (such as the pastoral staff of a bishop)

Word History


Late Latin; akin to Latin baculum staff

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baculus was in 1886

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“Baculus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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