A throwing device usually consisting of a stick fitted with a thong or socket to steady the butt of a spear or dart and extend the length it travels.
[Nahuatl ahtlatl : ahtla-, ahtlatl (from Proto-Uto-Aztecan *wata, atlatl; compare Hopi awta, bow (for shooting arrows), O'odham gāt, bow, gun, rifle, and Southern Paiute (Chemehuevi dialect of the Mojave Desert) acɨ, bow, gun) + -tl, suffix for unpossessed nouns.]
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