BULL ROARER

bull-roarer

[bool-rawr-er, -rohr-]
noun
a wooden slat that produces a roaring sound when whirled around one's head on the end of a string or thong, used by some peoples of the world in religious ceremonies and by others as a toy.
Also called thunderstick.


Origin:
1880–85

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