Meaning of wonguim in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɒŋɡwəm/


  • A boomerang of a type which returns to its thrower.

    ‘we had many opportunities of seeing the wonguim thrown by native experts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Murder is punished by the whole of a tribe throwing a spear and a wonguim at the murderer.’
    • ‘The weapon under no circumstances whatever could be made to behave as the wonguim does.’


Early 19th century from Wathawurung and Wuywurung (Aboriginal languages) wanggim.