knobkerrie
noun Etymology: Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob + kierie club Date: 1844 a short wooden club with a knob at one end used as a missile or in close attack especially by Zulus of southern Africa

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  • knobkerrie — knob ker rie, knobkerry knob ker ry, n. [Boer D. knopkirie, fr. D. knop hout, knotty stick + Hottentot k[ i]rri club.] A short wooden club with a knobbed end used as a missile weapon by Kafir and other native tribes of South Africa. [Webster 1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knobkerrie — [näb′ker΄ē] n. [Afrik knopkirie < Du knobbe,KNOB + Hottentot kirri, a club] a short club with a knobbed end, used by some South African tribes as a weapon …   English World dictionary

  • knobkerrie — [ nɒbˌkɛri] (also knobkierie) noun a short stick with a knobbed head, used as a weapon by South African tribesmen. Origin C19: from knob + kerrie (from Nama kieri knobkerrie ), suggested by Afrik. knopkierie …   English new terms dictionary

  • knobkerrie — knobkierie UK / US or knobkerrie UK [ˈnɒbˌkɪrɪ] / US [ˈnɑbˌkɪrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms knobkierie : singular knobkierie plural knobkieries South African a short thick stick with a knob used as a weapon …   English dictionary

  • knobkerrie — /nob ker ee/, n. a short, heavy wooden club with a knob on one end, used esp. by native peoples of South Africa for striking and throwing. [1835 45; < Afrik knopkierie, equiv. to knop KNOB + kierie, said to be < Khoikhoi kirri, keeri stick] * * * …   Universalium

  • knobkerrie — n. stick or club ending in a knob, knobstick, heavy club made from wood with a knob on one end used by native South African people as a weapon …   English contemporary dictionary

  • knobkerrie — knob·ker·rie …   English syllables

  • knobkerrie — /ˈnɒbkɛri/ (say nobkeree) noun (in South Africa) a short, heavy stick or club with a knob on one end, used for both striking and throwing. {anglicisation of Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob + Khoikhoi kierie stick, club} …   Australian English dictionary

  • knobkerrie — n. a short stick with a knobbed head used as a weapon esp. by S. African tribes. Etymology: after Afrik. knopkierie …   Useful english dictionary

  • knobkierie or knobkerrie — knob|kie|rie or knob|ker|rie [ nab,kiri ] noun count SOUTH AFRICAN a short thick stick with a KNOB (=round end part) used as a weapon …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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