- a notched stick used by Australian Aborigines to propel spears or darts.
Origin of woomera
First recorded in 1810–20, woomera is from the Dharuk word wu-ma-ra
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In the handle end of the woomera a sharp flint is often set, forming a sort of chisel.
As the hand moves forward the spear is released by uplifting the forefinger, and the woomera remains in the hand.
- Australian a type of notched stick used by native Australians to increase leverage and propulsion in the throwing of a spear
from a native Australian language
- a town in South Australia: site of the Long Range Weapons Establishment. Pop: 602 (2001)
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