from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of assegai.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of assegai.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spear used by tribes in South Africa as a missile and for stabbing, a kind of light javelin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike or kill with an assagai. Also spelled assegai.
  • n. A slender spear or lance of hard wood, usually having an iron head: now most commonly applied to the throwing-spear or javelin used in battle by the natives of South Africa, especially the Zulus and Kafirs. Also spelled assegai.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa


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  • gavagai.

    January 18, 2009

  • (n): apparently a borrowing from Berber: Fr. azagaye from Arabic azzagai, from al + the Berber zaghayah; a South African tree of the dogwood family (I'll have to confirm this) from which a slender iron-tipped spear is made.

    January 18, 2009

  • The OED favours this spelling over assegai, but I get the impression the latter is more widely used.

    June 15, 2008