One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boomerang of a type which returns to its thrower.‘we had many opportunities of seeing the wonguim thrown by native experts’
- ‘A well-made Wonguim, in the hands of one who can use it, returns always to the place, or very nearly to the place, to which the thrower intended it to return.’
- ‘Spiraling like an enchanted thing, the wongium flashed toward us with such speed that I yelled "Look out!" and threw myself flat to avoid a beaning.’
- ‘The Indian weapon under no circumstances whatever could be made to behave as the wonguim does.’
- ‘The Yarra blacks, now unhappily wiped out by you gentle white people, used the Wongium for killing birds.’
- ‘Murder is punished by the whole of a tribe throwing a spear and a wonguim at the murderer.’
Early 19th century: from Wathawurung and Wuywurung (Aboriginal languages) wanggim.
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