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[koo k-ree] /ˈkʊk ri/
a large knife having a heavy curved blade that is sharp on the concave side, used by the Napalese Gurkhas for hunting and combat.
Origin of kukri
1805-15; < Hindi kukṛī Unabridged
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  • Karbir turned on him like a tiger, with kukri uplifted, and the Punjabi jumped back.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Dermot selected the biggest stem and hacked it down with his kukri.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • All the men and some of the women are armed with the kukri, a heavy-bladed weapon or knife of singular shape.

    A Journey to Katmandu Laurence Oliphant
  • If he is a good shot, and expert with his kukri and kora, so much the better for him.

    A Journey to Katmandu Laurence Oliphant
  • Boys who love stories of plucky deeds will find 'With Rifle and kukri' altogether to their taste.

  • With his kukri he did wonders out there on stilly nights, when he wriggled "over the top," gripping its good blade in his teeth.

  • Bechan walks to a hanging festoon of it and cuts it through with a blow of his kukri.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • One of the Gurkhas bent down, sliced off some of the cloth with his kukri, and burst out laughing.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • He drew his kukri and laid it on the ground beside him, ready for the last grim struggle.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • One Gurkha made his way into a house, and single-handed captured five Germans, whom he marched off at the point of his kukri.

British Dictionary definitions for kukri


noun (pl) -ris
a knife with a curved blade that broadens towards the point, esp as used by Gurkhas
Word Origin
from Hindi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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