a tree (Curtisia faginea
) of the dogwood
family, whose hard wood is used to make such spears
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Word origin of 'assegai'Port azagaia < colloquial Ar az-zaghāya < az, for al, the + Berber zaghāyah, spear, prob. < Berber (cf. Tuareg (a)zegiz, long-armed dagger)