assegai

assegai

[as-uh-gahy]
noun, plural assegais.
1.
the slender javelin or spear of the Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa.
2.
a southern African tree, Curtisia dentata, of the dogwood family, from whose wood such spears are made.
verb (used with object), assegaied, assegaiing.
3.
to pierce with an assegai.
Also, assagai.


Origin:
1615–25; earlier azagaia < Portuguese < Arabic az zaghāyah, equivalent to al the + Berber zaghāyah assegai

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assegai or assagai (ˈæsəˌɡaɪ)
 
n , pl -gais
1.  a southern African cornaceous tree, Curtisia faginea, the wood of which is used for making spears
2.  a sharp light spear, esp one made of this wood
 
[C17: from Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az zaghāyah, from al the + zaghāyah assegai, from Berber]
 
assagai or assagai
 
n
 
[C17: from Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az zaghāyah, from al the + zaghāyah assegai, from Berber]

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