from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Anthropol.) An instrument used by various savage races for throwing a spear; -- called also
throw stickand spear thrower. One end of the stick receives the butt of the spear, as upon a hook or thong, and the other end is grasped with the hand, which also holds the spear, toward the middle, above it with the finger and thumb, the effect being to bring the place of support nearer the center of the spear, and practically lengthen the arm in the act of throwing. In Mexico, one such device is called the atlatl.
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- noun a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
- noun a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
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