- Flat curved airfoil thrown by Australian Aborigines to kill animals. Boomerangs can be of the returnable or non-returnable kind.
- To return to the starting point.
- To return or rebound unexpectedly, especially when the result is undesired.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Boom"er*ang (&?;), n. A very singular
missile weapon used by the natives of Australia and in some parts of India.
It is usually a curved stick of hard wood, from twenty to thirty inches in
length, from two to three inches wide, and half or three quarters of an
inch thick. When thrown from the hand with a quick rotary motion, it
describes very remarkable curves, according to the shape of the instrument
and the manner of throwing it, often moving nearly horizontally a long
distance, then curving upward to a considerable height, and finally taking
a retrograde direction, so as to fall near the place from which it was
thrown, or even far in the rear of it.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Boomerang, a missile of hard curved wood used by the Australian
aborigines of 2½ ft. long; a deadly weapon, so constructed that, though
thrown forward, it takes a whirling course upwards till it stops, when it
returns with a swoop and falls in the rear of the thrower.
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