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blowgun

[bloh-guhn] /ˈbloʊˌgʌn/
noun
1.
a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
Also called blowtube.
Origin of blowgun
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; blow2 + gun1
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  • Did Ulv have his blowgun ready to kill Brion if he should try to stop the launchings?

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • He turned to face Ulv, who hadn't brought the blowgun any closer to his lips.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Now, as if shot from some new form of repeating blowgun, one by one these arrows went crashing into the charging monster.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • In a single swift motion he lifted his blowgun and placed it to his lips.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Frank placed the blowgun to his mouth, and in a moment his pellet struck the animal smartly on the side of the head.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • The blowgun, when in use, is held to the mouth with the right hand.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • He turned to face Ulv who hadn't raised the blowgun any closer to his lips.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • "Leave us alone or it will be worse for you," he said as he raised the blowgun to his mouth.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • “Quite an elaborate display of implements,” remarked Joe, examining a blowgun with interest.

    Lost in the Wilds of Brazil James H. Foster
  • Aynin stated that seven blowgun arrows are first prepared, including a small one only a hand-length (awhil) long.

British Dictionary definitions for blowgun

blowgun

/ˈbləʊˌɡʌn/
noun
1.
the US word for blowpipe (sense 1)
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