One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal fighting club with a hooked striking head.‘their weapons are spears, boomerangs, and leangles’
- ‘He parried the missiles with nothing but a wooden shield and a club called a leangle.’
- ‘Perhaps the most dangerous weapon in skilful hands for a close-quarter fight was the leangle.’
- ‘Those skills included using the war club, called a leangle, although used in a game where players dodged cricket balls thrown by spectators.’
- ‘The Murray and Lower Goulburn natives use the leangle, a peculiar weapon not unlike the miner's pick.’
- ‘Spectators threw cricket balls from 10 paces, which Dick-a-Dick "dodged" using a parrying shield and leangle.’
- ‘After a time, the spears were thrown aside, and the men rushed on each other with their waddies and leangles.’
- ‘This was far from a parrying shield and leangle, but the skill and the principle were much the same.’
- ‘Combatants deliver their blows on each other's backs with the sharp point of the leangle, by reaching over their shoulders.’
- ‘The leangle, a deadly right angle made out of solid timber with a sharp edge, was used in close quarters and was very effective.’
- ‘The long leangle's nascent form / Forespoke the distant battle-storm.’
Mid 19th century: from Wemba-wemba and Wuywurung (Aboriginal languages), ultimately from lia ‘tooth’.
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