assegai

noun
as·​se·​gai | \ ˈa-si-ˌgī How to pronounce assegai (audio) \
variants: or assagai

Definition of assegai

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

First Known Use of assegai

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assegai

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

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