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  • n. Plural form of knobkerry.


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  • The two elder people were each holding small knobkerries, that is, stout sticks with wired handles and heavy heads made by the natives.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • Out of the longer horns the natives manufacture "knobkerries" (clubs), and loading-rods for their guns.

    The Bush Boys History and Adventures of a Cape Farmer and his Family

  • "knobkerries," the knobbed sticks which they alone are permitted to carry officially in their hands.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876

  • “After them came the fighting men, armed with javelins and hatchets, knobkerries and knives,” a survivor would later write.

    The Gun

  • It rapped again - for a split second the primer was visible - the first half-dozen Zulus were past the wagon and within three strides of the solid ground, assegais gleaming and knobkerries brandished - howling black faces - another flap of the canvas - the crash of Moran's revolver - and with a roar of thunder the wagon, the bridge, and everything on it dissolved in a great blast of orange flame.


  • Numerous protesters carried knobkerries, sticks and banners.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Some of the guests were dressed in Zulu traditional attire carrying shields and knobkerries, the SABC reported.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Police closed off the highway, which was barricaded with broken branches and bags of refuse by students, many wielding sticks and knobkerries.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Groups of Mugabe supporters, some armed with knobkerries and machetes – weapons banned by the police in the run-up to the March 29 elections – have begun to appear in central business districts, townships and even in the usually quiet wealthy suburbs.

    Tsvangirai Pulls Out of Ballot Amid Growing Violence

  • Mohlabina was dragged from his house and bludgeoned with knobkerries, sticks, stones and bricks until he died on the night on May 8 1986.

    Archive 2008-05-01


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