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blowgun

[bloh-guhn] /ˈbloʊˌgʌn/
noun
1.
a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
Also called blowtube.
Origin of blowgun
1800-1810
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; blow2 + gun1
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  • In a single swift motion he lifted his blowgun and placed it to his lips.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • He turned to face Ulv, who hadn't brought the blowgun any closer to his lips.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Abruptly, he pushed the blowgun into a thong at his waist, turned and strode out.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The blowgun, when in use, is held to the mouth with the right hand.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan
  • "Leave us alone or it will be worse for you," he said as he raised the blowgun to his mouth.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • Aynin stated that seven blowgun arrows are first prepared, including a small one only a hand-length (awhil) long.

  • At Palau the plumes are used in headdresses worn by the natives, the birds being taken with the blowgun.

  • Another kind of trap is a spring bow or a blowgun shot by a vine stretched across the path.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • Into their mass poured a cloud of arrows and blowgun darts from the silent but no less deadly weapons of the Mayorunas.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • His bowmen and blowgun men, at last out of missiles, came charging in with bare hands or weapons seized from fallen warriors.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
British Dictionary definitions for blowgun

blowgun

/ˈbləʊˌɡʌn/
noun
1.
the US word for blowpipe (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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