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javelin

[jav-lin, jav-uh-] /ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-/
noun
1.
a light spear, usually thrown by hand.
2.
Track.
  1. a spearlike shaft about 8½ feet (2.7 meters) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
  2. Also called javelin throw. a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.
verb (used with object)
3.
to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle French javeline, by suffix alteration from javelot, Anglo-French gavelot, gaveloc, probably < Old English gafeluc, *gafelocBritish Celtic *gablākos presumably, a spear with a forklike head; compare MIr gablach forked branch, javelin, MWelsh gaflach (apparently < OIr), derivative of Old Irish gabul fork, forked branch, cognate with Old Breton gabl, Welsh gafl
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British Dictionary definitions for javelin-throw

javelin

/ˈdʒævlɪn/
noun
1.
a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
2.
the javelin, the event or sport of throwing the javelin
Word Origin
C16: from Old French javeline, variant of javelot, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for javelin-throw
javelin
late 15c., from M.Fr. javeline (15c.), fem. dim. of O.Fr. javelot "a spear," probably from Gaulish (cf. O.Ir. gabul "fork;" Welsh gafl "fork," gaflach "feathered spear"). Also found in It. (giavelotto) and M.H.G. (gabilot).
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javelin-throw in the Bible

(1.) Heb. hanith, a lance, from its flexibility (1 Sam. 18:10, 11; 19:9, 10; 20:33). (2.) Heb. romah, a lance for heavy-armed troops, so called from its piercing (Num. 25:7). (See ARMS.)

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