American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A throwing device usually consisting of a stick fitted with a thong or socket to steady the butt of a spear or dart and extend the length it travels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The throwing-stick of the Mexicans, used for propelling spears with great force. See throwing-stick.
- n. A spear thrower: a wooden stick with a thong or perpendicularly protruding hook on the rear end that grips a grove or socket on the butt of its accompanying spear (or dart); intended to steady the spear immediately prior to throwing, to increase its potential range when thrown, and to increase its force of penetration of the target.
- From Classical Nahuatl ahtlatl (Wiktionary)
- Nahuatl, from atla, to throw. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Long range (stand off) atlatl propelled throwing spears.”
“This point, he says, "probably functioned as an atlatl dart point or knife," and "probably dates to the Late Archaic subperiod (6,000-3,000 years ago).”
“This makes me want to place my atlatl in her all-that-is-warmth.”
“The Aztecs were still using atlatls when the conquistadors landed; an expertly thrown atlatl could pierce the Spanish mail.”
“If I could hurdle past the muddle in the middle to the battle where addled foes will sabres rattle, the muscled hero with his antique atlatl could spill his quiver then skedaddle, scoot off to whittle a canoe and paddle”
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