Spearthrower

spear-thrower

[speer-throh-er]
noun Anthropology.
1.
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.
2.
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:
1870–75

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