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[bloh-guhn] /ˈbloʊˌgʌn/
a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
Also called blowtube.
Origin of blowgun
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; blow2 + gun1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the blow-gun was at length levelled, and the curare did its work.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • In Borneo the use of the blow-gun is not confined to the Dyaks.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • They go by in a minute, and I take off the last one with my blow-gun.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • His words were punctuated by the deadly pop of Pinto's blow-gun.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • He spears fish and he kills birds and beasts with a blow-gun.

  • It is difficult to recognize the use of the blow-gun, but the natives will kill at the distance of 150 feet.

  • Against such a rush Jud's automatic was as useless as Pinto's blow-gun or Will's throwing-stones.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • "We stay," murmured Joe, while Hen nodded his head and Pinto fitted one of his fatal little arrows into his blow-gun.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The man who drinks three or four cups of tuba becomes like the noisy bird that I shot with my blow-gun.

    Philippine Folk Tales Mabel Cook Cole
  • Now and then Guapo brought down a parrot, a macaw, or an aracari, with his blow-gun; but these were only temporary supplies.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for blow-gun


the US word for blowpipe (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blow-gun

type of weapon, 1799, from blow (v.1) + gun (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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