[boo l-rawr-er, -rohr-]
- 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.
Origin of bull-roarer
First recorded in 1880–85
Also called thunderstick.
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There is no record of a bull-roarer among the Melanesian folk.
A snake is also painted on a Nahuqu bull-roarer (Fig. 103, G).
By "staff" Mr. Ridley appears to indicate the Tundun, or bull-roarer.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
A number of questions are naturally suggested by the bull-roarer.
In the first place the bull-roarer is associated with mysteries and initiations.