One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal weapon in the form of a wooden club pointed at each end.‘one man caught him by the arm, threatening to strike him with a dowak’
- ‘The throwing-stick of the deceased is placed on one side, and his dowak on the other side of the mound.’
- ‘After securing the dowaks, I tried every means to tempt him to come down.’
- ‘A girdle of hair bound about his loins holds his dowak.’
- ‘Stunning her by a blow from the dowak, they drag her by the hair to the nearest thicket to await her recovery.’
- ‘Now they are on the recent trail of a snake or iguana, a dowak is thrown, and something is secured towards supper.’
Mid 19th century: from Nyungar (an Aboriginal language).
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