A heavy whip, usually made of animal hide.
In South Africa, a whip traditionally made of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide.
To strike or flog with a sjambok.
Origin of sjambok
- Afrikaans from Malay cambuk whip from Hindi cābuk from Persian chābuk from Middle Persian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Afrikaans, from the Javanese cambuk, and as borrowed in Malay: modern Indonesian and Malay. Originally spelt in the colonial Dutch transliteration tscamboek. The term was imported by VOC officials, Dutch merchants, the Maardijkers (Maluku (Moluccan) freemen and burghers), and Inlanders (Javanese and other modern Indonesian slaves and political exiles expelled to Dutch South Africa).