spear-thrower
noun Date: 1871 atlatl

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • spear-thrower — /spear throh euhr/, n. Anthropol. 1. a flexible device for launching a spear, usually a short cord wound around the spear so that when thrown the weapon will rotate in the air. 2. Also called atlatl. a rigid device for increasing the speed and… …   Universalium

  • spear-thrower — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : throwing stick * * * /spear throh euhr/, n. Anthropol. 1. a flexible device for launching a spear, usually a short cord wound around the spear so that when thrown the weapon will rotate in the air. 2. Also called atlatl. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spear thrower — Throwing stick Throw ing stick (Anthropol.) An instrument used by various savage races for throwing a spear; called also {throw stick} and {spear thrower}. One end of the stick receives the butt of the spear, as upon a hook or thong, and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spear thrower — noun a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear • Syn: ↑throwing stick, ↑throwing board, ↑dart thrower • Hypernyms: ↑device …   Useful english dictionary

  • spear-thrower — /ˈspɪə θroʊə/ (say spear throhuh) noun → woomera …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mammoth spear thrower — The Mammoth spear thrower in the British Museum. The Mammoth spear thrower is a spear thrower in the form of a Mammoth, discovered at the rock shelter of Montastruc, Tarn et Garonne, France. It is from the late Magdalenian period and around… …   Wikipedia

  • Woomera (spear-thrower) — A woomera is an Australian Aboriginal spear throwing device usually used for larger prey or when there is a greater distance to be overcome. It has been described as the most efficient spear throwing device ever [… …   Wikipedia

  • Spear — A spear is a pole weapon used for hunting and war, consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a sharpened head. The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, as is the case with bamboo spears, or it may be of another material… …   Wikipedia

  • Spear of Lugh — In Irish mythology, the Spear Lúin (originally Luisne , meaning flaming or glaring ) or Spear of Lugh is one of the Four Treasures of Ireland (the others being the Claíomh Solais, Dagda s Cauldron and the Stone of Fál). The Spear Luin was… …   Wikipedia

  • dart thrower — noun a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear • Syn: ↑throwing stick, ↑throwing board, ↑spear thrower • Hypernyms: ↑device * * * noun : throwing stick …   Useful english dictionary

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