spear thrower


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Related to spear thrower: atlatl
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Noun1.spear thrower - a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spearspear thrower - a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
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Only then did I learn, after some research, that the atlatl is a type of prehistoric "spear thrower." It was used to take down beasts of all sizes thousands of years before the development of the bow and arrow.
An image (and a bad one at that) of a Queensland Cape York Peninsula spear thrower has mistakenly, and unfortunately, been included (plate 7); it is only to be hoped that this does not detract from the precepts of the book.
This was a wooden contraption that was, in effect, an extension of a spear thrower's arm, and added significantly to the range and accuracy of the projectile.