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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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Villagers frogmarched the two, then slashed them with pangas before setting their bodies ablaze.
Instead of chasing the animal we came out with pangas, sufurias and knives to have a feat before the animal could make it back to the river,' Ojwang said.
An AMO crew aboard a P-3 Long Range TrackerP-3 Long Range Tracker aircraft detected multiple suspected drug smuggling vessels, known as pangas, during operations in international waters, and coordinated with Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) to interdict.
Our adventure started very early the next day with a scenic six-hour drive to the coast from Panama City where Pascal's custom-built pangas awaited us.
The youth allegedly fought using pangas, stones, knifes and sticks.
Nos la trajo la gente de la comunidad de Villa Guerrero; ha venido mucha gente caminando con cosas y las pasamos en pangas.
The equipment includes wheelbarrows, digging forks, hoes, axes, rakes, spades, pangas, manure bags, pesticides, garden gloves, mouth covers, safety goggles and an assortment of seeds.
We were told they were using pangas (machetes), sticks and firearms," said Fatyela, adding that no serious injuries occurred and no charges were filed.
Neither side is innocent in this regard, but there were those that were intent on promoting the gangs of young men and women who took to the streets with their pangas, iron bars, bows and poisoned arrows and petrol bombs intent on killing ethnic rivals or brutally driving them from their homes and land.
Entre estos cuentos ambientados en Veracruz (rios, pangas, calores, barcos, estibadores portuarios), me quedo con dos de los de estructura mas sencilla: "Anoche" --porque es la version de la noche de copas, de la borrachera sin recuerdos que Jose Revueltas mostro en uno de sus mejores y mas crueles cuentos--, y "Cuando la tarde se inclina", mismo que plantea, milimetricamente, el desgaste matrimonial: con la pobreza llegan el alcoholismo del marido, la impotencia sexual, el desamor, los celos y la violencia.
But according to a two-year survey led by Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research in Sarasota, Florida, there are 147 fishing camps along the Gulf of California supporting 4,000 to 5,500 active pangas targeting elasmobranches.