woom·​era ˈwu̇-mə-rə How to pronounce woomera (audio)
variants or less commonly wommera
: a wooden rod with a hooked end used by Australian aborigines for throwing a spear

Word History


Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) wamara

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of woomera was in 1817

Dictionary Entries Near woomera

Cite this Entry

“Woomera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woomera. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Woom·​era ˈwu̇-mə-rə How to pronounce Woomera (audio)
town west of Lake Torrens in South Australia population 216
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