wand of peace

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Noun[edit]

wand of peace (plural wands of peace)

  1. (law, Scotland, historical) A wand, or staff, carried by the messenger of a court, which he breaks when deforced (that is, hindered from executing process), as a symbol of the deforcement, and protest for remedy of law.
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