from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity: A dart or javelin, smaller and lighter than the long spear, and thrown by means of a thong or amentum. Hence—
- n. The game of hurling the javelin, one of the five exercises of the famous pentathlon (which see) at the Olympian, Isthmian, and other games.—
- n. plural in zoology, convoluted cords formed in the Actinia and furnished with thread-cells.
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