from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very sharp bamboo stake that is concealed at an angle in high grass, in a hole, or in deep mud, often coated with excrement, and planted to wound and infect the feet of enemy soldiers. Also called punji stake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A basic weapon in the form a sharp spike in the ground, normally made from wood or bamboo and often covered in feces or other biohazardous material as a means to cause infections or disease.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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