Definition of assegai noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also assagai) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈæsəɡaɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæsəɡaɪ//
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  1. 1 a weapon consisting of a long stick with a sharp metal point on the end, used mainly in southern Africa
  2. 2 a South African tree which produces hard wood
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from obsolete French azagaie or Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az-zaġāyah, from az, al ‘the’ + Berber zaġāyah ‘spear’.