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or as·sa·gai  (ăs′ə-gī′)
1. A light spear or lance used by Bantu peoples of southern Africa.
2. A tall evergreen tree (Curtisia dentata) of southern Africa, having durable wood used for making weapons, furniture, and other wooden products, and bark that is used in traditional medicine.

[Early Modern English, from Middle French azagaye (probably via Old Spanish azagaya, a small spear or javelin), from Arabic az-zaġāya, the spear : al-, the + zaġāya, spear, of Berber origin; akin to Tuareg tăhġait, bayonet, from earlier *tăzġait (*tă-...-t, feminine noun circumfix).]


(ˈæsəˌɡaɪ) or


n, pl -gais
1. (Plants) a southern African cornaceous tree, Curtisia faginea, the wood of which is used for making spears
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a sharp light spear, esp one made of this wood
[C17: from Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az zaghāyah, from al the + zaghāyah assegai, from Berber]


or as•sa•gai

(ˈæs əˌgaɪ)

n., pl. -gais.
1. an iron-tipped spear used by Bantu peoples of S Africa.
2. a S African tree, Curtisia dentata, of the dogwood family, from whose wood such weapons were made.
[1615–25; earlier azagaia < Portuguese < Arabic az zaghāyah]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assegai - the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africaassegai - the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
lance, spear, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon


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References in classic literature ?
Few have known it, for I have kept it locked in my breast, lest, thought I live now under the law of the White Man, and the Great Queen is my chieftainess, an assegai still might find this heart did any know my name.
I felt you start; you start as the regiment of the Bees started when Mopo walked before their ranks, and from the assegai in his hand the blood of Chaka[1] dropped slowly to the earth.
He stalked across the mountains and the veldt, his eyes blazed like the lightning, and in his hand he shook a little assegai that was red with blood.
As for Khiva himself, we buried what remained of him in an ant-bear hole, together with an assegai to protect himself with on his journey to a better world.
a native word meaning, I believe, an elephant, and the name given to Sir Henry by the Kafirs), he said, pointing towards the mountain with his broad assegai.
Umbopa, assegai in hand and a rifle across his shoulders, looked out fixedly across the desert a few paces ahead of us; while the hired natives, with the gourds of water, and Ventvogel, were gathered in a little knot behind.
Captain Moriarty was one of the very first to die, skewered in the back by an assegai as he rushed from his tent.
nzo: look with vigour, look fixedly without blinking; ekutshoneni: from the word tshona meaning go deep down vertically, pierce like an assegai, eyes so deep seated that they disappear/drown; kwelanga: as if to see the sun, as if to see it for the last time before dying.
Rheinmetall Denel is close to deliver the first production batch of its MO 121 Insensitive HE ammunition in 2015 to an undisclosed Nato customer, the qualification of the whole Assegai family of ammunition being expected within 2017.
And when Abergavenny's Pte Robert Jones - just 21 when he suffered multiple assegai wounds rescuing patients from the Rorke's Drift hospital - was buried in Herefordshire, humiliatingly, his grave didn't face the church like others because he committed suicide, haunted by what happened this day 136 years ago.
The cats being kept at the croft are 17-year-old female tiger Nadia, threeyear-old males Altai and Syas and male lions Assegai and Tsavo, both four.