Definition of Atlatl

1. Noun. A spear thrower: a wooden stick with a thong or perpendicularly protruding hook on the rear end that grips a grove or socket on the butt of its accompanying spear (or dart); intended to steady the spear immediately prior to throwing, to increase its potential range when thrown, and to increase its force of penetration of the target. ¹



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Definition of Atlatl

1. a device for throwing a spear or dart [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Atlatl

atlanto-occipital membrane
atlanto-odontoid
atlantoaxial
atlantoaxial joint
atlantodidymus
atlantoepistrophic
atlas
atlas fracture
atlas moth
atlas vertebra
atlases
atlasovite
atlastin
atlastins
atlatl (current term)
atlatlist
atlatlists
atlatls
atled
atleds
atlizumab
atlo-occipital
atloaxoid
atlodidymus
atloid
atma
atman
atmans

Literary usage of Atlatl

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1. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1891)
"Familiarity with these enabled me to recognize an unexpectedly large number of atlatl in other Codices and, what is more important, to identify It as the ..."

2. Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona by Alfred Vincent Kidder, Samuel James Guernsey (1919)
"SPEAK THROWER, OR atlatl This interesting weapon is represented in our ... The atlatl is a device which serves to add greater length and therefore greater ..."

3. Indian Village Site and Cemetery Near Madisonville, Ohio by Earnest Albert Hooton, Charles Clark Willoughby (1920)
"OBJECTS OF WOOD atlatl or Spear-thrower. The atlatl is a device which serves to add greater length, and therefore, greater propulsive force to the arm of ..."

4. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1891)
"Familiarity with these enabled me to recognize an unexpectedly large number of atlatl in other Codices and, what is more important, to identify it as the ..."

5. Standard Or Head-dress?: An Historical Essay on a Relic of Ancient Mexico by Zelia Nuttall (1904)
"In cases of doubtful looking atlatl the presence of the spear, as an accessory, ... Indeed had I excluded all atlatl pictured without accessory spears, ..."

6. Proceedings by International Congress of Americanists (1905)
"Why the snake was chosen as the fetish of the atlatl we do not know, but as Mrs. Nuttall says: "It is not difficult to imagine why the serpent was selected ..."

7. Documents and Narratives Concerning the Discovery and Conquest of Latin America by Cortes Society, New York (1917)
"16 This instrument was known as the atlatl and a number still exist in various ... There is a survival of the atlatl in the spear thrower used by the ..."

8. International Congress of Americanists: Thirteenth Session Held in New York (1905)
"Why the snake was chosen as the fetish of the atlatl we do not know, but as Mrs. Nuttall says: "It is not difficult to imagine why the serpent was selected ..."

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