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- assagai; assagaie, assagay, assegaai, assegay, azagaia, hassagay, hassaguay, zagaie, zagaye (obsolete)
assegai (plural assegais)
- A slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip, especially those used by Bantu peoples of Southern Africa.
- 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Tank Form 2007, p.99:
- Native mats covered the clay walls; a collection of spears, assegais, shields, knives was hung up in trophies.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- A birdchief, bluestreaked and feathered in war panoply with his assegai, striding through a crackling canebrake over beechmast and acorns.
- 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 32:
- Without a word, he took my foreskin, pulled it forward, and then, in a single motion, brought down his assegai.
- The tree species Curtisia dentata, the wood of which is traditionally used to make assegais.
slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip
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- To spear with an assegai.