ar·​row·​head | \ ˈer-ō-ˌhed How to pronounce arrowhead (audio) , ˈer-ə-, ˈa-rō-, ˈa-rə-\

Definition of arrowhead

1 : a wedge-shaped piercing tip usually fixed to an arrow
2 : something resembling an arrowhead
3 : any of a genus (Sagittaria) of marsh or aquatic plants of the water-plantain family with leaves shaped like arrowheads

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The village’s namesake black spire looks almost like a semi-precious stone, a sharp glistening arrowhead type of rock that supports the mythology that there’s something almost spiritual about it. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 2019 In this canyon there are petroglyphs and arrowheads. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "State refuses to recognize bighorn as biggest ever for Idaho," 29 May 2019 Sifting through water and sand, little ones might find unique rocks, gems, fool’s gold, and even arrowheads. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Exhibits there focus on the traders, pioneers and indigenous people of the area, via a compact collection of petroglyphs and arrowheads, and a recreation of a turn-of-the-century pharmacy. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 The Carcross/Tagish First Nations was also involved in the arrowhead discovery, which shed new light on the history of the Canadian Territory. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly-preserved 1,000-year-old hunter's dart discovered in melting ice," 7 Sep. 2018 Earlier this year archaeologists confirmed that a rare copper arrowhead discovered on a remote Canadian mountain is almost 900 years old. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly-preserved 1,000-year-old hunter's dart discovered in melting ice," 7 Sep. 2018 Ursula Wierer, an archaeologist from the provincial Department of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape in Florence, Italy, used high-power microscopes and a CT scanner to examine Ötzi’s dagger and arrowheads. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018 Successfully completing the hike and doing three hours of conservation work make participants eligible for a prized patch in the shape of an arrowhead. Jamiel Lynch And Phil Gast, CNN, "Storied Philmont Boy Scout ranch cancels hikes because of wildfire," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of arrowhead

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of arrowhead

: a piece of stone or metal that forms the point of an arrow


ar·​row·​head | \ ˈer-ō-ˌhed How to pronounce arrowhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrowhead

: the pointed end of an arrow

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