Definition of Assagai

1. Noun. The slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa.

Exact synonyms: Assegai
Generic synonyms: Lance, Shaft, Spear

Definition of Assagai

1. n. A spear used by tribes in South Africa as a missile and for stabbing, a kind of light javelin.

Definition of Assagai

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of assegai) ¹

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Definition of Assagai

1. to pierce with a light spear [v -GAIED, -GAIING, -GAIS]

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Literary usage of Assagai

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1. The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World by John George Wood (1882)
"When thrown, the assagai does not lose this 'vibrating movement, but seems even to vibrate stronger than before, the head describing a large arc of a circle ..."

2. Nursery Tales, Traditions, and Histories of the Zulus in Their Own Words by Henry Callaway (1868)
"He took the assagai, and smote their chief; he arose, and all rose with him. ... They gave him an assagai : he stabbed the chief ; they all died. ..."

3. Man and His Handiwork by John George Wood (1886)
"The rapidity, force, and precision with which a Zulu throws the assagai are really ... The Zulu can also jerk the assagai underhanded or even back- banded, ..."

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