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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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Captain Moriarty was one of the very first to die, skewered in the back by an assegai as he rushed from his tent.
And when Abergavenny's Pte Robert Jones - just 21 when he suffered multiple assegai wounds rescuing patients from the Rorke's Drift hospital - was buried in Herefordshire, humiliatingly, his grave didn't face the church like others because he committed suicide, haunted by what happened this day 136 years ago.
Already assegais of new grass are thrusting through the scorched earth, prickling your eyes with their pointed green.
"If it wasn't for Van Riebeeck you would all still be running around naked like savages waving assegais"
The young man decides to set a trap for Inzawu by digging a great pit and filling it with sharp assegais. He completes his deception by enticing the dragon to pursue him by feeding it pancakes, a special weakness of Zulu dragons!
LET us talk about juvenile crime: I have to say that I got my first serious knife when I was five and what is more I was brought up in a house the walls of which were covered in sabres, assegais, spears, rifles of all sorts and a poisoned arrow from the Congo, and I have never even knicked anybody.
Paralleling this progression to gender neutrality is a simultaneous devolution of the light from feminine to primitive, in both the text's use of "lances" (108) in the fourth interlude and its conversion of the lady with the lamp into "turbaned men with poisoned assegais" in the third and fourth interludes (75, 109).
The two rhinos were stabbed with spears or assegais: one died on the day it was attacked, and the other two days later.
and the drumming of naked men with assegais" and sees the
After all, as Hanson tells us, "Alexander did not hire the [Persian] Immortals, the British did not outfit regiments with assegais, and the American Navy did not institute samurai sword training."
Sadly, the Zulus weren't familiar with such faces and they came at 'Enry 'Ookie 'Ook time and time again with their assegais, only to be met by the cold steel of a British bayonet - anyway, that's how it happened in the movie.