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noun Archaeology.
  1. spear-thrower(def 2).
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Origin of atlatl

First recorded in 1870–75, atlatl is from the Nahuatl word ahtlatl
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Related Words for atlatl

pistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike

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Historical Examples of atlatl

  • An atlatl was the weapon which had replaced the stone axe in the stone age.

    The Hohokam Dig

    Theodore Pratt

  • B is walking with the atlatl in his hand, and armed with javelins.

  • This suggests, of course, that this may have been a dart for use with a thrower or atlatl.

  • The water jug, the aspergill, and the atlatl and quiver of lances disappeared from the table.

    The Hohokam Dig

    Theodore Pratt

  • The derivation from atlatl, arrow, would seem more appropriate to the words of this hymn.

Word Origin and History for atlatl


Native American throwing stick, 1871, from Nahuatl (Aztec) atlatl "spear-thrower."

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