blowgun

[bloh-guhn]
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noun

a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.

Nearby words

  1. blowdown,
  2. blowed,
  3. blower,
  4. blowfish,
  5. blowfly,
  6. blowhard,
  7. blowhole,
  8. blowie,
  9. blowing,
  10. blowing wound

Origin of blowgun

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; blow2 + gun1

Also called blowtube.

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British Dictionary definitions for blow-gun

blowgun

noun

the US word for blowpipe (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for blow-gun

blow-gun

n.

type of weapon, 1799, from blow (v.1) + gun (n.).

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