kukri

noun
kuk·ri | \ ˈku̇-krē \

Definition of kukri 

: a curved short sword with a broad blade used especially by Gurkhas

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During the conversation, police believe, the man started to chase the victim and struck him multiple times with a long bladed weapon called a kukri. Anna Marum, OregonLive.com, "Man used Nepalese knife in NW Portland attack, police say," 25 Jan. 2018 The kukri is a Nepalese weapon and tool similar to a machete. Anna Marum, OregonLive.com, "Man used Nepalese knife in NW Portland attack, police say," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kukri

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kukri

Hindi & Urdu kukṛī

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