Bull-roarer

an aboriginal ceremonial instrument, that hums when swung in a circle above the head

Dictionary of Australian slang . 2013.

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  • Bull-roarer — Bull roar er, n. A contrivance consisting of a slat of wood tied to the end of a thong or string, with which the slat is whirled so as to cause an intermittent roaring noise. It is used as a toy, and among some races in certain religious rites.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bull-roarer — /bool rawr euhr, rohr /, n. a wooden slat that produces a roaring sound when whirled around one s head on the end of a string or thong, used by some peoples of the world in religious ceremonies and by others as a toy. Also called thunderstick.… …   Universalium

  • bull-roarer — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : a slat of wood tied to the end of a thong and making an intermittent roaring sound when whirled that is used especially by Australian aborigines in religious rites or among western peoples as a children s toy * * * /bool… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bull-roarer — Rhombe (homonymie) Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Un Rhombe est : un Instrument de musique : Rhombe (instrument), une forme géométrique : Rhombe (mathématiques). Ce… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bull-roarer — Australian Slang an aboriginal ceremonial instrument, that hums when swung in a circle above the head …   English dialects glossary

  • bull-roarer —   Oeoe, pāwā …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • bull — bull1 bull like, adj. /bool/, n. 1. the male of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction. 2. the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose. 3. a large, solidly built person. 4. a …   Universalium

  • Bull — /bool/, n. John. See John Bull. /boohl/, n. Ole (Bornemann) /oh leuh bordd neuh mahn /, 1810 80, Norwegian violinist and composer. * * * (as used in expressions) bull market Bull Moose Party Bull Run Battles of bull terrier Bull John Bull Ole… …   Universalium

  • Bullroarer (music) — The bullroarer, [Haddon, The Study of Man , p. 219: Prof. E. B. Tylor informs me that the name of bull roarer was first introduced into anthropological literature by the Rev. Lorimer Fison, who compares the Australian tundun to the wooden toy… …   Wikipedia

  • wind instrument — /wind/ a musical instrument sounded by the breath or other air current, as the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, or flute. [1575 85] * * * ▪ music Introduction       any musical instrument that uses air as the primary vibrating medium for the… …   Universalium


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