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[aht-laht-l] /ˈɑtˌlɑt l/
noun, Archaeology
spear-thrower (def 2).
Origin of atlatl
1870-75; < Nahuatl ahtlatl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The extra leverage had to have come in handy on a daily basis when hurling an atlatl or taking small game with rocks.
  • The atlatl was a wooden stick with a hook on the end.
  • Archaeological findings and reproductions displayed here include projectile points, the atlatl and pottery.
  • The ground stone tools include axes, celts, atlatl weights and pestles.
  • The portrayal of an atlatl recalls a much older archaic cultural period.
  • Allowing the use of the atlatl as a method for taking bullfrogs and green frogs with a hunting permit.
  • Pinto hunters attached the points to a wooden spear shaft and used a spear thrower, or atlatl, to propel the spear.
  • The atlatl was a great improvement on simple spear-throwing.
  • Hunters used a spear thrower, or atlatl, to propel the spear.
Word Origin and History for atlatl

Native American throwing stick, 1871, from Nahuatl (Aztec) atlatl "spear-thrower."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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