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[speer-throh-er] /ˈspɪərˌθroʊ ər/
noun, Anthropology
a flexible device for launching a spear, usually a short cord wound around the spear so that when thrown the weapon will rotate in the air.
Also called atlatl. a rigid device for increasing the speed and distance of a spear when thrown, usually a flat wooden stick with a handhold and a peg or socket to accommodate the butt end of the spear.
Origin of spear-thrower
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The day will also include fun family activities such as the chance to try your hand at using an ancient spear-thrower.

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