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bull-roarer

[boo l-rawr-er, -rohr-]
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noun
  1. a wooden slat that produces a roaring sound when whirled around one's head on the end of a string or thong, used by some peoples of the world in religious ceremonies and by others as a toy.

Origin of bull-roarer

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called thunderstick.
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Examples from the Web for bull-roarer

Historical Examples

  • There is no record of a bull-roarer among the Melanesian folk.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • A snake is also painted on a Nahuqu bull-roarer (Fig. 103, G).

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • By "staff" Mr. Ridley appears to indicate the Tundun, or bull-roarer.

  • A number of questions are naturally suggested by the bull-roarer.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • In the first place the bull-roarer is associated with mysteries and initiations.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang


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