Definition of woomera in English:

woomera

noun

Australian
  • An Aboriginal stick used to throw a spear more forcibly.

    • ‘Long, long time ago, two little nephews asked their old uncle to take them out and camp on the river so that he could teach them how to make their spears and woomeras and their boomerangs.’
    • ‘As a result we have a lot of experience with framing these types of artwork, from woomeras and boomerangs through to clubs and spears, and even aboriginal carvings.’
    • ‘His sketches often portrayed the ‘natives’ fishing and throwing spears with woomeras.’
    • ‘We sell a variety of stock including T'shirts, boomerangs, spears, woomeras, didgeridoos, pottery, flower pots, cups, plates, vases, tea tree oil and stocking flowers.’
    • ‘The men on the left are holding shields, spears and woomeras while the man on the right has a huge wooden sword as well as a shield.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Dharuk wamara.

Pronunciation:

woomera

/ˈwuːm(ə)rə/

Definition of Woomera in English:

Woomera

proper noun

  • A town in central South Australia, the site of a vast military testing ground used in the 1950s for nuclear tests and since the 1960s for tracking space satellites.

Pronunciation:

Woomera

/ˈwuːm(ə)rə/