bull-roarer

[ boo l-rawr-er, -rohr- ]
/ ˈbʊlˌrɔr ər, -ˌroʊr- /

noun

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.

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transliterate
Also called thunderstick.

Origin of bull-roarer

First recorded in 1880–85
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