Definition of blowgun
: a tube through which a projectile (as a dart) may be impelled by the force of the breath
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This is a long, narrow pipe through which darts or other projectiles are blown. Primarily a hunting weapon, a blowgun is rarely used in warfare. It has been used by aboriginal peoples in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, South India and Sri Lanka, Madagascar, northwest South America, and Central America. Blowguns vary in length from 18 in (45 cm) to more than 23 ft (7 m) and are often made of cane or bamboo. Darts are usually made of palm-leaf midribs or wood or bamboo splinters 1½–40 in (4–100 cm) in length. The dart must fit the tube snugly, so that a puff of human breath will cause it to fly from the tube. To be effective against quarry larger than small birds, poison is added to the darts.
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BLOWGUN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blowgun for English Language Learners
: a long narrow tube that shoots out an arrow or dart when someone breathes into it quickly and forcefully
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Definition of blowgun for Students
: a tube from which a dart may be shot by the force of the breath
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