[koo k-ree]


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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noun plural -ris

a knife with a curved blade that broadens towards the point, esp as used by Gurkhas

Word Origin for kukri

from Hindi
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