from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light spear or lance, especially one with a short shaft and long blade for close combat, used by Bantu peoples of southern Africa.
- n. A southern African tree (Curtisia dentata) having wood used for making spears or lances.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slim hardwood spear or javelin with an iron tip, especially those used by Bantu peoples of Southern Africa.
- n. The tree species Curtisia dentata, because its wood is traditionally used to made assegais.
- v. To spear with an assegai.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as assagai.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See assagai.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
Obsolete French azagaie, probably from Old Spanish azagayah, from Arabic az-zaġāya : al-, the + Berber zaġāya, spear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French azagaie (now zagaie) or Portuguese azagaia, Spanish azagaya, from colloquial Arabic الزغاية (al-zaghaya), from Berber zaġāya ("spear"). (Wiktionary)