- a slender spear or javelin with an iron tip, used in S Africa
- a tree (Curtisia faginea) of the dogwood family, whose hard wood is used to make such spears
Origin of assegaiPortuguese azagaia from colloquial Arabic az-zagh?ya from az, for al, the + Berber zagh?yah, spear, probably from Berber (cf. Tuareg (a)zegiz, long-armed dagger)
- A light spear or lance used by Bantu peoples of southern Africa.
- A tall evergreen tree (Curtisia dentata) of southern Africa, having durable wood used for making weapons, furniture, and other wooden products, and bark that is used in traditional medicine.
Origin of assegaiEarly Modern English from Middle French azagaye ( probably via Old Spanish azagaya a small spear or javelin ) from Arabic az-zaġāya the spear al- the zaġāya spear, of Berber origin Tuareg tăhġait bayonet from earlier tăzġait ( tă-…-t feminine noun circumfix )
(third-person singular simple present assegais, present participle assegaiing, simple past and past participle assegaied)
- To spear with an assegai.