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atlatl

[aht-laht-l] /ˈɑtˌlɑt l/
noun, Archaeology
1.
spear-thrower (def 2).
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Nahuatl ahtlatl
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Examples for atlatl
  • 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
atlatl
Native American throwing stick, 1871, from Nahuatl (Aztec) atlatl "spear-thrower."
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Encyclopedia Article for atlatl

a device for throwing a spear (or dart) usually consisting of a rod or board with a groove on the upper surface and a hook, thong, or projection at the rear end to hold the weapon in place until its release. Its purpose is to give greater velocity and force to the spear. In use from prehistoric times, the spear-thrower was used to efficiently fell animals as large as the mammoth.

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