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.
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings I. 39At least seven hundred men and women assembled, and forming themselves into a large circle, the former commenced their preparatory ceremonies by striking on the shafts of their lances with their intonga, or fencing sticks.
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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