Luthang (pronounced [ˈlʊt.haŋ] LOOT-hahng), is a Filipino traditional toy gun made from a hollow cylindrical piece of bamboo and a piston. A seed or a wet piece of paper (the "bullet") is inserted in one end of the cylinder and the piston is pushed in rapidly at the other end. This results in the air compressing inside before it pushes the "bullet" out with a pop. The toy is popular among children in rural areas of the Philippines.[1][2][3]

The name luthang is originally Visayan, meaning a small naval cannon (lantaka). The word has been recorded in Spanish dictionaries of Visayan languages since at least 1711, where its meaning evolved to include muskets, arquebuses and shotguns.[4][5][6] The word is still used as a verb meaning "to gun down" in Visayan languages; and in Hiligaynon as an archaic synonym of pistola (gun or pistol).[7][8]

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  2. ^ Wenceslao, Bong O. "Wenceslao: River talk". SunStar. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Top 5 toys that are rarely seen today". Rock X Scissors. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ Sanchez, Matheo (1711). Vocabulario de la lengua Bisaya. Colegio da la sagrada comp. de Jesus.
  5. ^ de la Rosa, Antonio Sánchez (1895). Diccionario hispano-bisaya para las provincias de Samar y Leyte. Chofré y comp.
  6. ^ de Mentrida, Alonso (1841). Diccionario De La Lengua Bisaya, Hiligueina Y Haraya de la isla de Panay. n La Imprenta De D. Manuel Y De D. Felis Dayot.
  7. ^ "pistola, luthang". Bohol. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ "luthang". Retrieved 12 July 2019.