atlatl

noun
at·latl | \ˈät-ˌlä-tᵊl \

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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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 Try your hand at using an atlatl to spear a target. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 1 May 2018 The 11-year-old hooked the end of a spear into the atlatl, a launcher used by early modern humans. J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News, "Archeology Day highlights area’s residents over millenniums," 21 Oct. 2017 The plastic boars at Mission San José were no match for Andrew Kallauner and his atlatl. J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News, "Archeology Day highlights area’s residents over millenniums," 21 Oct. 2017

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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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