Definition of wonguim in English:



  • 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.