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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]
n., pl. -gas.
a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or cutting implement.
[1930–35; < Swahili]