assegai

EnglishEdit

 
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A guard with assegai in South Africa, 1943.

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EtymologyEdit

From French azagaie (now zagaie) or Portuguese azagaia, Spanish azagaya, and later in the forms that have become most common borrowed from Afrikaans assegaai, from colloquial Arabic اَلزَّغَايَة(az-zaḡāya), from Proto-Berber *zaġāya (spear).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

assegai (plural assegais)

  1. A slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip, especially those used by Bantu peoples of Southern Africa.
  2. The tree species Curtisia dentata, the wood of which is traditionally used to make assegais.

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VerbEdit

assegai (third-person singular simple present assegais, present participle assegaiing, simple past and past participle assegaied)

  1. To spear with an assegai.

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