One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short, thick stick with a knobbed head, traditionally used as a club or missile by the indigenous peoples of South Africa.
club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, batView synonyms
- ‘In this shot, the machete is not a weapon but a counterbalance to the kierie in the man's left hand.’
- ‘In an interview with the Daily Dispatch yesterday, Van Rooyen, 47, said the ‘unprovoked attack’ - with fists and a ‘kierie’ - had left him badly bruised and bleeding from his nose and left ear.’
From Khoikhoi kirri ‘walking stick’.
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