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or crease, kris

[krees] /kris/
a short sword or heavy dagger with a wavy blade, used by the Malays.
Origin of creese
1570-80; < Malay kəris (spelling keris) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What a neat hand he was, too, with that spiral-bladed Malay creese of his!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede" H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • There were pictures on the walls, pieces of faence, some arms of rare kinds, Japanese swords and a Malay creese.

  • If the creese falls without sticking into the ground, I shall choose my route first.

  • Dom Maxara was forward, staunching a severe wound from a Malay creese in the shoulder.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • His great difficulty was to prevent the pirate from changing the creese from his right-hand to his left.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • His shirt was open, showing the jagged, ragged hole made by the Malay creese in the broad, hairy breast.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • Then was the time to see how the Malay man could fight; the creese was worth twenty swords, and the Dutchmen went down like sheep.

  • Then he yawned—next placed the creese on the ground beside him, while his right hand explored his pockets.

  • If you make a move to spring away from me, I shall show you how good a jumper I am—and then the creese!

  • "It looks some grim," Sergeant Terry admitted, wrapping his left hand where a creese had made a gash.

British Dictionary definitions for creese


a rare spelling of kris
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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