Definition of punji stick in English:

punji stick

(also punji stake)


  • A sharpened bamboo stake, typically one tipped with poison, set in a camouflaged hole in the ground as a means of defence, especially in SE Asia.

    • ‘We used caltrops, sharpened spikes, punji stakes and pits, ‘Venus flytraps’, abatis ditches, everything we could think of that would slow an attack.’
    • ‘Together they contain 153 upright 11-inch spikes, honed to the sharpness of a Viet Cong punji stake.’


Late 19th century: punji probably of Tibeto-Burman origin.


punji stick