Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The common European sandpiper.
  • n. The chaffinch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common European sandpiper.
  • n. The chaffinch.
  • n. A throwing toy, or implement, of the Australian aborigines, consisting of a cigar-shaped stick fastened at one end to a flexible twig. It weighs in all about two ounces, and is about two feet long.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A throwing implement used by the aborigines of Victoria, Australia. It consists of a small piece of hard wood about an inch in diameter shaped like a double cone fastened to a slender, flexible rod about two feet long, and usually made in one piece. It is used in a game, the object being to throw it to the greatest possible distance. The total weight is less than two ounces.
  • n. Same as weet.

Etymologies

So called from its piping cry when disturbed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Following a murmuring "weet-weet" this morning, I came upon a brace of plovers.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • Before I saw Australia I had never heard of the "weet-weet" at all.

    Following the Equator

  • The Old Settler said that he had seen distances made by the weet-weet, in the early days, which almost convinced him that it was as extraordinary an instrument as the boomerang.

    Following the Equator

  • He instanced their invention of the boomerang and the "weet-weet" as evidences of their brightness; and as another evidence of it he said he had never seen

    Following the Equator

  • The water is smooth, and the stone has a good chance; so a strong man may make it travel fifty or seventy-five yards; but the weet-weet has no such good chance, for it strikes sand, grass, and earth in its course.

    Following the Equator

  • He told me some wonderful things -- some almost incredible things -- which he had seen the blacks do with the boomerang and the weet-weet.

    Following the Equator

  • "The distance to which the weet-weet or kangaroo-rat can be thrown is truly astonishing.

    Following the Equator

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