/as"euh guy'/, n., pl. assegais, v., assegaied, assegaiing.
1. the slender javelin or spear of the Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa.
2. a southern African tree, Curtisia dentata, of the dogwood family, from whose wood such spears are made.
3. to pierce with an assegai.
Also, assagai.
[1615-25; earlier azagaia < Pg < Ar az zaghayah, equiv. to al the + Berber zaghayah assegai]

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