ASSEGAI, or Assagai (from Berber-Arab as-zahayah, through
Portuguese azagaia), a weapon for throwing or hurling, a light
spear or javelin made of wood and pointed with iron, particularly
the spear used by the Zulu and other Kaffir tribes of South
Africa. In addition to the long-handled assegai there is a shorter
weapon for use at close quarters.
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