Definitions

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  • n. A wooden stick like a club, used in southern Africa.

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

  • n. a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa

Etymologies

Dutch knop ("knob, button") + Dutch kerrie or kirri ("stick"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Pan-Islam

  • 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

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

  • Panda, on the Zululand frontier, growled over his assegai and knobkerry.

    The Romance of a Pro-Consul

  • Zululand frontier, growled over his assegai and knobkerry.

    The Romance of a Pro-Consul Being The Personal Life And Memoirs Of The Right Hon. Sir George Grey, K.C.B.

  • 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.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

  • Each of them, however, bore in his hand a large knobkerry of red-wood, and they marched four by four in martial fashion.

    Allan and the Holy Flower

  • 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.

    King o' the Beach A Tropic Tale

  • Adele Myburgh, a police spokeswoman, said that a machete was found on his body and a knobkerry club was lying next to the bed.

    Top stories from Times Online

  • 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.

    News24 Top Stories

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