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bull-roarer

[boo l-rawr-er, -rohr-] /ˈbʊlˌrɔr ər, -ˌroʊr-/
noun
1.
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
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples for bullroarer
  • The bullroarer makes a sound similar to a territorial call made by bulls.
British Dictionary definitions for bullroarer

bullroarer

/ˈbʊlˌrɔːrə/
noun
1.
a wooden slat attached to a thong that makes a roaring sound when the thong is whirled: used esp by native Australians in religious rites
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