as·​se·​gai ˈa-si-ˌgī How to pronounce assegai (audio)
variants or assagai
: a slender hardwood spear or light javelin usually tipped with iron and used in southern Africa

Word History


ultimately from Arabic al-zaghāya the assegai, from al- the + Berber zaghāya spear

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of assegai was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Assegai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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