- a large knife having a heavy curved blade that is sharp on the concave side, used by the Napalese Gurkhas for hunting and combat.
Origin of kukri
First recorded in 1805–15, kukri is from the Hindi word kukṛī
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Examples from the Web for kukri
Dermot selected the biggest stem and hacked it down with his kukri.The Elephant God
If he is a good shot, and expert with his kukri and kora, so much the better for him.A Journey to Katmandu
With his kukri he did wonders out there on stilly nights, when he wriggled "over the top," gripping its good blade in his teeth.
One of the Gurkhas bent down, sliced off some of the cloth with his kukri, and burst out laughing.The Disputed V.C.
Frederick P. Gibbon
Bechan walks to a hanging festoon of it and cuts it through with a blow of his kukri.Life in an Indian Outpost
- a knife with a curved blade that broadens towards the point, esp as used by Gurkhas
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