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Assagai   Listen

(pl. assagais)
The slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa.  Synonym: assegai.

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"Assagai" Quotes from Famous Books

... in order to follow it, Dick turned and, perceiving a disposition on the part of the crowd to gather close about the entrance, and so exclude what little light and air might otherwise make its way in, took an assagai from the hand of an astonished native, and, holding it by the blade, waved the press back with the butt end of the weapon. Then, still waving the butt end, he described on the ground the arc of a circle of some twelve feet radius from the hut entrance, and, returning the ...
— The Adventures of Dick Maitland - A Tale of Unknown Africa • Harry Collingwood

... rise from the edge of the ridge, and there was a black face beneath them, then the broad breast, and finally the full figure of a stalwart Kaffir warrior, his thin arms and ankles ornamented with wool, his savage panoply of shield and assagai in his left hand, and his eyes shaded by his right hand, which cut straight across his forehead just below the fillet holding the three white ostrich feathers. ...
— Charge! - A Story of Briton and Boer • George Manville Fenn

Words linked to "Assagai" :   assegai, lance, spear, shaft

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