panga

panga

[pahng-guh]
noun
a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or as an implement for cutting heavy jungle growth, sugar cane, etc.; machete.

Origin:
1930–35; < Swahili

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panga (ˈpæŋɡə)
 
n
1.  a broad heavy knife of E Africa, used as a tool or weapon
2.  (US) a small fishing boat first developed in Japan and now used chiefly in US and Central American waters
 
[from a native E African word. The panga boat is so called because it resembles the knife in shape]

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