knobkerry

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Etymology[edit]

Dutch knop (knob, button) + Dutch kerrie or kirri (stick).

Noun[edit]

knobkerry (plural knobkerries)

  1. A wooden stick like a club, used in southern Africa.
    • 1993, John Banville, Ghosts:
      I close my eyes and see the pickers bending on the green hillsides, their saffron robes and slender, leaf-brown hands; I see the teeming docks where half-starved fellows with legs like knobkerries sticking out of ragged shorts have stencilled wooden chests and call to each other in parrot shrieks; I even see the pottery works where this cup was spun out of cloud-white clay one late-nineteenth-century summer afternoon by an indentured apprentice with a harelip and a blind sister waiting for him in their hovel up a pestilential back lane.