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1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a broad heavy knife of E Africa, used as a tool or weapon
2. (Nautical Terms) US a small fishing boat first developed in Japan and now used chiefly in US and Central American waters
[from a native E African word. The panga boat is so called because it resembles the knife in shape]


(ˈpɑŋ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or cutting implement.
[1930–35; < Swahili]
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Noun1.panga - a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetationpanga - a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
knife - a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
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A short, bouncy panga ride around the Punta Allen lighthouse and a turn north put us under a long lee shoreline.
Guests love to touch and play with the grey whales while in the open-air panga boats surrounded by some of the most beautiful and clear water in the world.
Pursuing the investigation, the aircraft's crew alerted the captain of the Cutter Halibut, an 87-foot patrol boat, which headed to the scene and noticed the panga "operating with no lights.
It's accessible only via a two-hour flight and a 45-minute panga ride from the nearest town, Bahia de los Angeles.
Two commercial fishermen were hand lining from the panga and had putout some chum, which brought the tuna to the surface.
Shaan's new song, "Life Se Panga Mat Le Yaar" which translates as "Don't Mess with Life, Friends" speaks of living life to the fullest and not destroying it with tobacco.
In our custom 25-foot panga, we took down 14 wahoo, most over 40 pounds and a few close to 80.
He had no live bait because his panga skipper was late picking him up and the bait haulers were out of sardinas, a local herring.
They included a vicious Panga knife with a 14-inch blade and a "survival kit knife" with a 10-inch serrated blade.
The calf swam along the panga, nuzzling the sides and turning to take a look at the turistas.
If there would have been a panga or even a cruiser (crafts employed in the area's sport-fishing fleet) in front of him, I think he would have gone through it.