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Beater, used by Samoan people for marking bark cloth (tapa).

The term beater generically refers to any implement or tool for beating. Typically they are made of a single piece of wood and have a handle and a flattened "business end". An example of a beater used in European culture (in the old days) is the laundry beater. The term "beater" is typically a makeshift word used when such an instrument has no other name.

Beaters designed for the administration of corporal punishment on a person's buttocks are usually not called "beater" but tapette, ferule, or paddle.

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