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nunchaku

[nuhn-chah-koo] /nʌnˈtʃɑ ku/
noun
1.
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] /ˈnʌnˌtʃʌks/ (Show IPA)
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Also called karate sticks.
Origin of nunchaku
Okinawan Japanese
dialectal Chinese
1965-1970
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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