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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Recent Examples on the Web Most of the prior research, however, has looked at archaeological artifacts, such as the evolution of stone tools, arrowheads, or language. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs," 20 Jan. 2020 The mystery of the remains began on Aug. 26, 1979, according to the DNA Doe Project, when a family hunting for arrowheads discovered a man’s headless torso buried in a shallow grave within a network of volcanic caves in eastern Idaho. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Headless Body in Cave Is Identified as 1916 Ax Murder Suspect," 3 Jan. 2020 For investigators, the mystery began when a family hunting for arrowheads in Buffalo Cave near Dubois, Idaho, on Aug. 26, 1979, found his remains wrapped in burlap and buried in a shallow grave. CBS News, "Headless torso found in Idaho cave identified as outlaw who escaped jail in 1916," 1 Jan. 2020 The arrowhead is made out of iron, while the wooden arrow that once held it has long dissolved. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hiker Digs Up 1,000-Year-Old Iron Weapon," 15 Oct. 2019 Pointy antler tines can be sawn or broken off to create pressure flaking tools to chip arrowheads, stone knives and a host of other lithic resources. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 Some of the other artifacts along the Tollense also support that idea; socketed bronze arrowheads, which fit over the end of an arrow shaft, are pretty common at Bronze Age sites in Central Europe but not in Northern Europe. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit," 18 Oct. 2019 The first surveys of declining snow and ice patches in Mongolia have turned up arrowheads, animal carcasses, pieces of rope, wooden tools and artifacts that could shed light on the origins of reindeer domestication. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Race to Preserve Artifacts as the Ice Melts in Mongolia," 20 Nov. 2019 In September, Ernst Hagen was out for a walk near his cabin and came across the 1,000-year-old arrowhead in the snow. Fox News, "1,000-year-old arrowhead discovered in Norway," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of arrowhead

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Arrowhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arrowhead

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


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Kids Definition of arrowhead

: the pointed end of an arrow

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