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Assagai

noun
(pl. assagais)
1.
The slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa.  Synonym: assegai.






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... ancient arms of the Hottentot race, namely, a javelin or assagai, similar to that of the Caffres, and a bow and arrows. The latter, which are his principal weapons both for war and the chase, are small in size and formed of slight materials; but, owing to the deadly poison with which the arrows are imbued, and the dexterity with which they ...
— The Illustrated London Reading Book • Various

... Portuguese doubtless took the name from the Arabs, whom they found established at several points on the East African coast northward from Sofala, and the Dutch took it from the Portuguese, together with such words as "kraal" (corral), and "assagai." The Bantu tribes, if one may include under that name all the blacks who speak languages of the same general type, occupy the whole of East Africa southward from the Upper Nile, where that river issues from the great Nyanza ...
— Impressions of South Africa • James Bryce



Words linked to "Assagai" :   shaft, lance, spear



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