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assegai

or as路sa路gai

[ as-uh-gahy ]
/ 藞忙s 蓹藢ga瑟 /
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noun, plural as路se路gais.
the slender javelin or spear of the Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa.
a southern African tree, Curtisia dentata, of the dogwood family, from whose wood such spears are made.
verb (used with object), as路se路gaied, as路se路gai路ing.
to pierce with an assegai.
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Origin of assegai

First recorded in 1615鈥25; earlier azagaia, from Portuguese, from Arabic az zagh膩yah, equivalent to al 鈥渢he鈥 + Berber zagh膩yah 鈥渁ssegai鈥
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British Dictionary definitions for assegai

assegai

assagai

/ (藞忙s蓹藢伞a瑟) /

noun plural -gais
a southern African cornaceous tree, Curtisia faginea, the wood of which is used for making spears
a sharp light spear, esp one made of this wood

Word Origin for assegai

C17: from Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az zagh膩yah, from al the + zagh膩yah assegai, from Berber
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