- a short, straight or curved stick, flat or cylindrical in form, often having a hand grip, and used generally in preliterate societies as a hunting weapon to throw at birds and small game.
- Australian. a boomerang.
Origin of throwing stick
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for throwing stick
It was during this time that the Bison clan learned to use the throwing-stick.
On the side of invention the throwing-stick is a point to be emphasized in this lesson.
It was in this way that people learned to hurl weapons with a throwing-stick.
It is fastened into a handle of wood called a throwing-stick.Our Little Eskimo Cousin
Mary Hazleton Wade
From this object to the throwing-stick the way may be long and crooked, or there may be no way at all.Throwing-sticks in the National Museum
Otis T. Mason
- a primitive device for hurling a spear with greater leverage, consisting of a rod with a groove in it and a hook or projection at the back end to hold the weapon until its release
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