nunchaku

[ nuhn-chah-koo ]
/ nʌnˈtʃɑ ku /

noun

Sometimes nunchakus. a Japanese hand weapon for defense against frontal assault, consisting of two foot-long hardwood sticks joined by a chain or thick cord that stretches to body width.

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Also nun-chucks, nun·chucks [nuhn-chuhks]. /ˈnʌnˌtʃʌks/.
Also called karate sticks.

Origin of nunchaku

1965–70; <Okinawan Japanese version of a dialectal Chinese (Taiwan) word for a farm implement, probably neng-cak, equivalent to Chinese lyǎng pair(ed) + záo dig (a hole), i.e., two diggers; with 2nd element interpreted as zat, equivalent to Chinese jié section
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