a Y -shaped stick with an elastic strip between the prongs for shooting stones and other small missiles.

1840–50, Americanism; sling1 + shot1 Unabridged
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slingshot (ˈslɪŋˌʃɒt)
1.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): catapult a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etc
2.  another name for sling

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