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assegai

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a southern African cornaceous tree, Curtisia faginea, the wood of which is used for making spears
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There's little doubt our politicians sorely underestimated the native force, armed with only hide shields, knobkerrie clubs, assegais - long, throwing spears - and shorter, stabbing spears dubbed iklwa, a Zulu word which described the slurping noise as the weapon was pulled from a victim.
The Empire-grabbing reasons for being there may have been dubious, but I always think of the ordinary soldier, thousands of miles from home, in the fierce heat, listening to the menacing buzz of 4,000 assegais in the distance, beating against ox-hide shields as the Zulus advanced.
Officials also failed to acknowledge the power of Zulu warriors with their assegai (long thrusting spears).
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Without a word, he took my foreskin, pulled it forward, and then, in a single motion, brought down his assegai.
Elsie was not happy about living so far from civilisation, bearing the scars from a Zulu assegai attack in South Africa.
The sources for the study have been particularly rich: the extensive materials in the National Archives of Zimbabwe; the less accessible papers of the Rhodesian Army Association in the now-closed British Empire and Commonwealth Museum at Bristol for the more recent years; oral interviews conducted and collected by the author; the African and white local press; institutional journals such as Assegai and Mapolisa; and the extensive secondary sources on Zimbabwe's colonial past.
I dance wildly inside myself; I yell within, I whoop; I shake my assegai (33) above my head, I hurl it true to the mark yeeeeooww
He had seen that the traditional type of spear, a long-handled known as assegai thrown from a distance, was not the best for the regulated fighting in close formation he introduced and therefore replaced it with iklwa, a short stabbing spear with a long, sword-like spearhead.
Its warriors were armed with assegai thrusting spears, man-sized cowhide shields, clubs, and throwing spears.