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  1. specifically an East and Central Javanese bullock whip, bullwhip or buffalo whip. In British English known as a "snake whip".
  2. a generic term for any whip, namely:
    1. bullwhip
    2. signal whip
    3. snake whip
    4. a cat: old UK English word for a punishment whip with multiple tails: (the cat o' nine tails)
    5. a crop or horse whip/ riding whip: a cambuk kuda
    6. a flogger
    7. a cemeti (cambuk perang) (Javanese mounted knight's war whip)

Old Dutch spelling: "tjamboek" hence known in English as the erroneous transliterations 'sjambok, sjamboek and jambok

See also[edit]


  • Edward Henry Knight. 1884. Knight's new mechanical dictionary: A description of tools, instruments, machines, processes, and engineering (1876-1880.). Houghton, Mifflin and company, 1884. 960 pages
  • Sutanto Atmosumarto: 2004. A learner's comprehensive dictionary of Indonesian. Atma Stanton, 2004. →ISBN. →ISBN. 652 pages. Page: 81