kukri

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A kukri and its scabbard or sheath

Etymology[edit]

From Nepali खुकुरी (khukurī).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kukri (plural kukris)

  1. A curved Nepalese knife used especially by Gurkha fighters.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 171:
      In the later part of the Second World War it was customary in the French army to vaunt the ferocity of ‘their’ Algerian Tirailleurs against the Germans, much as the British took pride in the deeds performed by the Gurkhas with their terrible kukris.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 356:
      Soon, however, the bayonets of the 72nd Highlanders and the kukris of the 2nd Gurkhas began to tell.