nunchucks

nunchaku

[nuhn-chah-koo]
noun
Sometimes, nunchakus. an Oriental hand weapon for defense against frontal assault, consisting of two foot-long hardwood sticks joined by a chain or thick cord that stretches to body width.
Also, nun-chucks, nunchucks [nuhn-chuhks] .
Also called karate sticks.


Origin:
1965–70; < Okinawan Japanese version of a dialectal Chinese (Taiwan) word for a farm implement, probably neng-cak, equivalent to Chinese lyǎng pair(ed) + záo dig (a hole), i.e., two diggers; with 2nd element interpreted as zat, equivalent to Chinese jié section

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