panga

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Swahili panga (machete).

Noun[edit]

panga (plural pangas)

  1. (East Africa, South Africa) A large broad-bladed knife.
    • 1967, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat, EAEP 2008, p. 77:
      She turned to the small basket she was carrying and took out a panga.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 690:
      I pleaded with them to lay down their arms, to take each other's hands in peace: ‘Take your guns, your knives and your pangas, and throw them into the sea!’
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Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from the plural, from the stem of New Latin Pangasius (genus name), from Bengali [script?] (pāNāś, mud-coloured fish), ultimatey from Sanskrit [script?] (paNka, mud).

Noun[edit]

panga (plural pangas)

  1. Any of various edible freshwater fish of the genus Pangasius, native to southeast Asia, especially the iridescent shark, Pangasius hypophthalmus, now reclassified as Pangasianodon hypophthalmus.
  2. A type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat common throughout much of the developing world, including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Spanish panga (motorboat).

Noun[edit]

panga (plural pangas)

  1. A small inflatable motorboat used in Latin America.

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Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

panga

  1. Genitive singular form of pank.

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

panga f (plural pangas)

  1. (Latin America) panga (small inflatable motorboat used in Latin America)

Swahili[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

panga (n class, plural panga)

  1. machete, panga (broad knife)