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A long narrow pipe through which darts or pellets may be blown. Also called blowpipe.


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the US word for blowpipe1



a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
[1800–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blowgun - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowingblowgun - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases


[ˈbləʊgʌn] N (US) → cerbatana f
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Jose Moreno inspects the darts of his blowgun before smearing them with curare (photography by the author).
Blowgun darts were dipped in a very strong poison that comes from this frog.
Did it push early man to beat his hairy chest when offended and reach for a pointed twig, a blunt branch, or a sharp stone, later expel his breath quickly through the mouth of a blowgun, and still later listen with delight to the twang of a longbow as it launched a deadly arrow?
Then there was "Mad Dog," described as "the bodhisattva of prison terrorists" for the radiant look on his face after shooting at guards with improvised blowgun darts infected with hepatitis C.
Tenders are invited for Supply Of Air Blowgun Kit And Its Nozzles Make: Parker Legris (Or) Snap-On (Or) Groz (Or) Grainger.
30 Musselburgh A relic from a more innocent and less digitally orientated age, a pea shooter is a toy version of the blowgun or blowpipe that launches its projectiles by blowing.
Before the baptism, Macusi got out the long blowgun that had been his hunting weapon until traders stopped bringing the poison he used to tip the darts.
Myers CW, Daly JW, Malkin B (1978) A dangerously toxic new frog (Phyllobates) used by Embera Indians of western Colombia, with discussion of blowgun fabrication and dart poisoning.
A physical illness of spiritual origin is characteristically experienced as something sharp thrust into the person's body--as if he or she had been struck by a dart from a blowgun (sumpit).
Grazer picks up and shoots one, with the dart landing dead center on the human silhouette target 10 feet away, "I'm kind of a blowgun expert," he quips.
It seemed like it would be fitting if I could cook up some kind of revenge, maybe break into the house to find the blowgun and simultaneously figure out who owned it, then wait behind the woodpile until they came out into the yard so I could shoot them in the neck.
nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token) the study published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics , boys have been accidentally inhaling blowgun darts they made themselves.