from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long narrow pipe through which darts or pellets may be blown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pipe or tube through which missiles are blown by the breath. Those used by certain Indians of South America are of wood, from 7 to 10 feet long, with a bore not larger than the little finger; through them are blown poisoned arrows made of split cane or other light material, from a foot to 15 inches in length, and wound at the butt with some fibrous material so as to fit the bore of the blow-gun. A similar blow-gun is in use among the Dyaks of Borneo. Also called blow-tube, and blowpipe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tube, as of cane or reed, sometimes twelve feet long, through which an arrow (sometimes poisoned) or other projectile may be impelled by the force of the breath. It is a weapon much used by certain Indians of America and the West Indies; -- called also blowpipe, and blowtube. See sumpitan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a hollow tube through which a dart or similar missile may be blown

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing


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