kuk·​ri | \ ˈku̇-krē How to pronounce kukri (audio) \

Definition of kukri

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

Examples of kukri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the kukri, which grows to be just under 3-feet long, typically eats the eggs of birds and other reptiles, but have been known to eat larvae, insects, and rodents, too. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Oct. 2020 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, 25 Jan. 2018 The kukri is a Nepalese weapon and tool similar to a machete. Anna Marum, OregonLive.com, 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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“Kukri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kukri. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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