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1. a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
2. the javelin the event or sport of throwing the javelin
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



or dart, a small throwing spear. Javelins with points made of stone and bone were already in use as a hunting weapon by the Upper Paleolithic period; these javelins were hurled by means of a spear-thrower. The javelin was especially characteristic of tribes such as the Australians who were not familiar with the bow. Iron javelins were used in ancient Greece and Rome. A type of javelin was widely used in Western Europe and Rus’ (where it was called the sulitsa)during the Middle Ages.

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