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[koo k-ree]
  1. a large knife having a heavy curved blade that is sharp on the concave side, used by the Napalese Gurkhas for hunting and combat.
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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

Historical Examples

  • Dermot selected the biggest stem and hacked it down with his kukri.

    The Elephant God

    Gordon Casserly

  • If he is a good shot, and expert with his kukri and kora, so much the better for him.

    A Journey to Katmandu

    Laurence Oliphant

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kukri


noun plural -ris
  1. a knife with a curved blade that broadens towards the point, esp as used by Gurkhas
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Word Origin

from Hindi
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