atlatl

noun
at·​latl | \ ˈät-ˌlä-tᵊl How to pronounce atlatl (audio) \

Definition of atlatl

: a device for throwing a spear or dart that consists of a rod or board with a projection (such as a hook) at the rear end to hold the weapon in place until released

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A atlatl

Examples of atlatl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beside the bones were several stone projectile points that likely were used with an atlatl, as well as other equipment for butchering an animal and tanning its hide. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "A female hunter’s remains hint at more fluid gender roles in the early Americas," 4 Nov. 2020 The weapon of choice at that time -- a spear known as an atlatl -- had low accuracy, encouraging broad participation, and using it was a skill learned from childhood. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Prehistoric hunters weren't all male. Women killed big game, new discovery suggests," 4 Nov. 2020 Watch stomp dancers and hoop dancing, learn about Native American beadwork and pottery, and try your hand at throwing an atlatl, an ancient type of spear. National Geographic, "Step into history at these stunning archaeological sites," 21 Oct. 2019 Create cave paintings, learn to hunt using an atlatl and spear, listen to stories about the Dena’ina way of life, make a Yup’ik-style mask, and check out the life-sized inflatable mammoth known as Pingo Peat. Anchorage Daily News, "Halloween isn’t a day anymore, it’s a season — and it’s kicking off this week," 17 Oct. 2019 Try tree climbing, atlatl throwing, hay rides, pumpkin painting, candle dipping, maze, face painting, apple cider press and more at McCloud Nature Park. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Oktoberfests, fall and harvest festivals around Indianapolis," 3 Sep. 2019 The star of the program is a 10,000-year-old atlatl dart found in the Greater Yellowstone area. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Climate change is bad for the planet, but groundbreaking for archaeology," 30 Aug. 2019 Other demonstrations include Native American technologies of flint knapping and spear throwing using a prehistoric atlatl. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 1 May 2018 Other demonstrations include Native American technologies of flint knapping and spear throwing using a prehistoric atlatl. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of atlatl

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atlatl

Nahuatl ahtlatl

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“Atlatl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atlatl. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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