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  1. a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
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Origin of blowgun

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; blow2 + gun1
Also called blowtube.
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for blow-gun


  1. the US word for blowpipe (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for blow-gun


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

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