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panga

[ pahng-guh ]
/ ˈpɑŋ gə /
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noun
a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or as an implement for cutting heavy jungle growth, sugarcane, etc.; machete.
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Origin of panga

Borrowed into English from Swahili around 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for panga

panga
/ (ˈpæŋɡə) /

noun
a broad heavy knife of E Africa, used as a tool or weapon
US a small fishing boat first developed in Japan and now used chiefly in US and Central American waters

Word Origin for panga

from a native E African word. The panga boat is so called because it resembles the knife in shape
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