assegai

or as·sa·gai

[ as-uh-gahy ]
/ ˈæs əˌgaɪ /

noun, plural as·se·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·se·gaied, as·se·gai·ing.

to pierce with an assegai.

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Origin of assegai

First recorded in 1615–25; earlier azagaia, from Portuguese, from Arabic az zaghāyah, equivalent to al “the” + Berber zaghāyah “assegai”
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British Dictionary definitions for assegai

assegai

assagai

/ (ˈæsəˌɡaɪ) /

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 zaghāyah, from al the + zaghāyah assegai, from Berber
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