One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal leaf-shaped engraving tool made of stone or quartz.‘the pirris from both archaeological sites were made from local stone’
- ‘It was the pirri tool which gave its name to the Pirrian culture.’
- ‘A variety of points were encountered, some resembling untrimmed pirris.’
- ‘The spearhead has potential for penetration and wounding, for which purposes the pirri would be ineffective.’
- ‘At first glance it may be difficult to distinguish a pirri graver from a small scraper.’
- ‘The possibility is that the pirri served as a general purpose tool.’
- ‘This artefact possesses the characteristics of a pirri point.’
- ‘This rather short squat example may really be an atypical engraver, only resembling a pirri by chance.’
- ‘If found overseas, many pirris would be described as arrowheads.’
- ‘The find confirmed the relative antiquity of pirris.’
- ‘The site has yielded pirris and other points.’
Late 19th century: from Arabana (an Aboriginal language) birri ‘fingernail’, extended to refer to any pointed object.
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