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punji stick Line breaks: punji stick
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌndʒi/
(also punji stake)

Definition of punji stick in English:


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


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

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