- Dutch knop ("knob, button") + Dutch kerrie or kirri ("stick"). (Wiktionary)
“First comes the able-bodied though elderly sire carrying a few light throwing-spears and a knobkerry or a gim-crack stabbing-spear, and close behind him are the adult males of his house similarly armed or with a rifle or two supplied by a benevolent Government for protection against the Mullah, to whom these children of nature frequently offer them for sale at very reasonable prices.”
“The native loves a stick, and as he is forbidden to carry either an assegai -- which is a very formidable weapon indeed -- or even a knobkerry, only one degree less dangerous, he consoles himself with a wand or switch in case of coming across”
“Panda, on the Zululand frontier, growled over his assegai and knobkerry.”
“Zululand frontier, growled over his assegai and knobkerry.”
“After some most extraordinary bargaining and after tempting him with solid, visible gold, we each secured a scjambok and a knobkerry at exorbitant prices, and left him even then grumbling and growling.”
“Each of them, however, bore in his hand a large knobkerry of red-wood, and they marched four by four in martial fashion.”
“There was a rush of bare feet on the soft deck, and through the gloom Carey was just able to make out that they were surrounded by a party of blacks, each poising a spear ready to throw and holding in his other hand either a knobkerry or a boomerang.”
“Adele Myburgh, a police spokeswoman, said that a machete was found on his body and a knobkerry club was lying next to the bed.”
“Mkhize arrived a short while ago dressed in a complete Zulu attire, which is made up of a cow skin apron, a shield, knobkerry and ubukopolo, an animal skin head crown decorated with bird feathers.”
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