assegai

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noun as·se·gai \ˈa-si-ˌgī\
variants: or

assagai

Definition of assegai

  1. :  a slender hardwood spear or light javelin usually tipped with iron and used in southern Africa

Origin and Etymology of assegai

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


First Known Use: 1600

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