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- A butter pat, being a wooden paddle used to press butter when making it at home. Usually two are used and hence usually in the plural hands.
- 1977: Ranged on shelves along the stone walls would be pans of milk set to rise, buckets and cans, maturing cheeses, butter churns, and butter pats or "Dutch hands" for beating the last traces of water from the golden mass. — Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6 (discussing a typical kitchen of early colonial Australia)