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A short club with one knobbed end, used as a weapon by warriors of certain South African peoples.

[Afrikaans knopkierie : knop, knob (from Middle Dutch cnoppe) + kieri, club (from Khoikhoi kirri, stick).]


(ˈnɒbˌkɛrɪ) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a stick with a round knob at the end, used as a club or missile by South African tribesmen
[C19: from Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob, from Middle Dutch cnoppe + kierie stick, from Khoikhoi kīrri]
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Noun1.knobkerrie - a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one endknobkerrie - a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa
club - stout stick that is larger at one end; "he carried a club in self defense"; "he felt as if he had been hit with a club"
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But, with the exception of the 11 who received this country's highest forces' honour, the local lads who braved knobkerries clubs, rifles and assegai spears have faded from the history books.
As presented by Mutswairo, religious objects include ritual drums, knobkerries, sacrificial animals like goats and cows, clay pots, gourds and snuff bottles without which such rituals would neither be meaningful nor impressive.
They are both armed with knobkerries (large, club-like sticks).
Protesting on the streets of Marikana in the wake of last month's police massacre, which claimed 34 lives, tensions ran high as the workers, waving sticks, knobkerries and tree branches, and easily outnumbering the police, marched towards the Karee mine and vowed to burn down the Lonnmin mine shaft.
to have cultural symbols of violence like spears and knobkerries borne by praise singers of politicians at major events is a problem to me.
A collection of British Officer's uniforms and accessories, dating from the Second World War and later, sold well at pounds 620; a large collection of Regimental and Constabulary cap badges made pounds 380; an early 20th-century 'National Fire Brigades Association' brass helmet made pounds 420 and a collection of four African weapons, including two knobkerries or throwing clubs, sold with a Zulu shield and an African hide drum for pounds 400.