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throwing stick

noun

  1. a short, straight or curved stick, flat or cylindrical in form, often having a hand grip, and used generally in preliterate societies as a hunting weapon to throw at birds and small game.
  2. Australian. a boomerang.


throwing stick

noun

  1. a primitive device for hurling a spear with greater leverage, consisting of a rod with a groove in it and a hook or projection at the back end to hold the weapon until its release


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Word History and Origins

Origin of throwing stick1

First recorded in 1760–70
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Example Sentences

This last spear is propelled by a throwing-stick, which was also found lying by it.

They carry the same kind of spears, and the womera, or throwing stick, as are used by those in New South Wales.

The throwing stick is used in New Zealand, in which country Mr. Darwin describes the practice with them.

All spears are thrown with the 'wommera', or throwing stick.

A throwing-stick was now to be cut about eight or ten inches from the end; and to effect this, much ceremony was used.

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