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Variant of assegai.
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n, pl -gais
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a variant spelling of assegai
2. (Plants) a variant spelling of assegai
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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]
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Noun1.assagai - the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africaassagai - 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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