a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or as an implement for cutting heavy jungle growth, sugar cane, etc.; machete.

Origin of panga

Borrowed into English from Swahili around 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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