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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stick by means of which, as with a thong, a javelin is propelled. The chief instance of it is the Australian wummerah.
  • n. Same as throw-stick.


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  • The little old hunter poised his spear on the throwing-stick, swept his arm back as he ran, and delivered the cast.


  • And when the elders spoke of the great beasts I should have to slay, the young men laid beside me my strongest bow and straightest arrows, my throwing-stick, my spear and knife.


  • A cap being fixed at thirty yards distance, they transfixed it with a spear, delivered by the throwing-stick with the rapidity of an arrow from the bow of a practised archer.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The Australian, in the simplicity of the arts of life, comes nearest the Fuegian: he can, however, boast of his boomerang, his spear and throwing-stick, his method of climbing trees, of tracking animals, and of hunting.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The other, alarmed at the rattle of the dirk, and probably misconstruing the action, instantly fixed his lance in his throwing-stick*.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson

  • One of the men in the canoe was the person to whom I was to give the hatchet I had been to fetch; and directly as he saw me, he held up his spear, and the exchange took place, with which, and perhaps to reward me for the trouble I had taken, he was so delighted that he presented me with a throwing-stick

    The Settlement at Port Jackson

  • He presented us with two spears and a throwing-stick, and in return we gave him some bread and beef.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson

  • They excused themselves by saying, that on an occasion of the present sort, they always left them at home, and cut up the whale with the shell which is affixed to the end of the throwing-stick.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson

  • But Baneelon, instead of complying with the request, took it away, and laid it at some distance, and brought back a throwing-stick, which he presented to his excellency.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson

  • Ahhotep had fixed the ivory throwing-stick bearing the signs of power to one of the highest battlements of the fortress at Elephantine.

    The War of the Crowns


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