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Javelin

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Javelin

a sort of light spear, to be thrown or cast by thew hand; anciently, a weapon of war used by horsemen and foot soldiers; now used chiefly in hunting the wild boar and other fierce game. Flies the javelin swifter to its mark, Launched by the vigor of a roman arm? (Addison)

Origin: f. Javeline; akin to sp. Jabalina, It. Giavelina, and f. Javelot, OF. Gavlot. Cf. Gavelock.