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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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People thought Odhiambo had retreated but he later emerged with a panga from his house and slashed the baby twice on his thigh as he slept.
The Panga target is located 700 metres north-east from the Balogo open pit and mineralisation is related to a parallel quartz-sulphide veins system hosted in sheared diorite striking north-northwest and dipping at 85 degrees towards west-southwest.
According to Tina, Panga has been instrumental to her daughter's well-being.
En el desalojo estuvo a punto de caer al agua por el trastabilleo borracho de la panga.
In Rundu the respective stabbing of an 84-year-old woman and pouring boiling cooking oil over another, the rape of an albino girl in Oshakati, a father attacking his own daughter viciously with a panga because she reported him to the police for attempting to rape her in Oshakati, a two-time minister kicking and beating of young woman at Khoichas, a traditional headman raping his minor charges.
Peter Richardson was arrested after going into a wood with a panga knife following a confrontation at his old address at Ardendane Farm, Mappleborough Green, near Redditch, last August.
Mumbai, May 11 (ANI): Playback singer Shaan launched a music video 'Life se panga mat le yaar' (Don't play with life) as a part of an anti-tobacco campaign in entertainment capital Mumbai on Tuesday.
Nicholas Achilles, 45, advertised the more expensive cod on his takeaway menu when it was in fact an Asian freshwater catfish called panga.
We splash over the washboard waves and transfer from our rescue boat into the welcoming arms of our panga.
It's well worth taking a panga (a small fibreglass boat) to El Arco, a natural feature which attracts pelicans and sea lions.
Analysis by Worcestershire Scientific Services revealed that the fish was not cod but was, in fact, a type of catfish known as Panga or river cobbler.
AS if it's not bad enough with the poor monetary return we get when we go abroad these days, now we'll have to be wary of a fish called the panga - aka the Vietnamese River Cobbler - being on the menu.