One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A curved knife broadening toward the point, used by Gurkhas.
- ‘On her ankle was a slight bulge where she kept a kukri hidden.’
- ‘And who can forget Jatayu in his film Sonar Kella brandishing a kukri?’
- ‘He was about to cut his finger on the kukri he kept on his desk for the blood needed in the spell when he noticed something.’
- ‘The kukri is a traditional Nepalese large knife, which is carried by Gurkha soldiers.’
- ‘Every year we received a polite note ‘for the record’ asking us to disarm our Gurkhas (they carried kukris) so as not to alarm the populace.’
Early 19th century: from Nepali khukuri.
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