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[woo m-er-uh]
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  1. a notched stick used by Australian Aborigines to propel spears or darts.
Also womera.

Origin of woomera

First recorded in 1810–20, woomera is from the Dharuk word wu-ma-ra
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Examples from the Web for woomera

Historical Examples

  • Forty five minutes later the reports clattered in from Cairo and Woomera.

    If at First You Don't...

    John Brudy

  • In the handle end of the woomera a sharp flint is often set, forming a sort of chisel.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

  • As the hand moves forward the spear is released by uplifting the forefinger, and the woomera remains in the hand.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

British Dictionary definitions for woomera



  1. Australian a type of notched stick used by native Australians to increase leverage and propulsion in the throwing of a spear

Word Origin

from a native Australian language


  1. a town in South Australia: site of the Long Range Weapons Establishment. Pop: 602 (2001)
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