from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Greek antiquity: A dart or javelin, smaller and lighter than the long spear, and thrown by means of a thong or amentum. Hence—
  • noun The game of hurling the javelin, one of the five exercises of the famous pentathlon (which see) at the Olympian, Isthmian, and other games.—
  • noun plural in zoology, convoluted cords formed in the Actinia and furnished with thread-cells.


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