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n.1.A contrivance consisting of a slat of wood tied to the end of a thong or string, with which the slat is whirled so as to cause an intermittent roaring noise. It is used as a toy, and among some races in certain religious rites.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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