American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hooked wooden stick used by Aboriginal peoples of Australia for hurling a spear or dart.
- n. Australia An Australian spearthrower consisting of a stick with a hooked end.
- From Dharug. (Wiktionary)
- Dharuk wamara. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The spear is thrown by means of a woomera which is a slight rod about three feet long having at one end a niche to receive the end of the spear.”
“Rubbish, they used a woomera to get distance and it wasn't anywhere near 110 meters. pwscott”
“Next up was a spear throwing demonstration, both directly hand-held and using a woomera, a device that helps increase the distance they can throw.”
“A woomera, an at&rt/- almost as fast as a bow and arrow, in the right hands.”
“I believe that the method of holding the spear varies somewhat, some natives placing the handle of the woomera between the first and remaining fingers.”
“As the hand moves forward the spear is released by uplifting the forefinger, and the woomera remains in the hand.”
“In the handle end of the woomera a sharp flint is often set, forming a sort of chisel.”
“The missile is shot forward by this means with great force and accuracy of direction; for by the peculiar method of throwing the spear the woomera affords a great additional impetus from this most ingenious lengthening of the arm to that extent.”
“With the invention of the sling, the bow or the woomera we have an 'arms length' amplifier.”
“after about thirty years of age a man is allowed to have as many women as he likes, and the older he gets the younger the girls are that he gets, probably to work and get food for him, for in their wild state the man is too proud to do anything except carry a woomera and spear.”
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