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noun 
  1. A slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip, especially those used by Bantu peoples of Southern Africa.
  • 1922: A birdchief, bluestreaked and feathered in war panoply with his , striding through a crackling canebrake over beechmast and acorns. (Joyce, Ulysses)
    (wikipedia, Curtisia)
    1. The tree species Curtisia dentata, because its wood is traditionally used to made assegais.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: assagaai or assegaai or
  • Spanish: azagaya
verb 
  1. To spear with an assegai.
Etymology: From French azagaie (now zagaie) or Portuguese azagaia, Spanish azagaya, from colloquial Arabic ÙÙ + Ù, from Berber zaÄÄya "spear".


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