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woomera

[woo m-er-uh] /ˈwʊm ər ə/
noun
1.
a notched stick used by Australian Aborigines to propel spears or darts.
Also, womera.
Origin of woomera
1810-1820
1810-20; < Dharuk wu-ma-ra
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  • In the handle end of the woomera a sharp flint is often set, forming a sort of chisel.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • Forty five minutes later the reports clattered in from Cairo and woomera.

  • As the hand moves forward the spear is released by uplifting the forefinger, and the woomera remains in the hand.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for woomera

woomera

/ˈwʊmərə/
noun
1.
(Austral) a type of notched stick used by native Australians to increase leverage and propulsion in the throwing of a spear
Word Origin
from a native Australian language

Woomera

/ˈwʊmərə/
noun
1.
a town in South Australia: site of the Long Range Weapons Establishment. Pop: 602 (2001)
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