woomera

[woom-er-uh]
noun
a notched stick used by Australian Aborigines to propel spears or darts.
Also, womera.


Origin:
1810–20; < Dharuk wu-ma-ra

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woomera or womera (ˈwʊmərə)
 
n
(Austral) a type of notched stick used by native Australians to increase leverage and propulsion in the throwing of a spear
 
[from a native Australian language]
 
womera or womera
 
n
 
[from a native Australian language]

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

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They were also mistakenly referred to as a woomerang, in confusion with the woomera.
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