intonga, noun

Forms:
Also itonga.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa (plural iintonga) and Zulu (plural izintonga).
obs.
fighting stick sense 1.
1833 S. Kay Trav. & Researches 269The only weapon..carried by any of them was the itonga or fencing-stick.
1860 W. Shaw Story of my Mission 462Now and then the crowd of Pato’s people commenced beating time, also, upon their bundles of Javelins, with the long intonga, or fencing-stick, which they always carry with them.
fighting stick1.

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