"a collection of spears, assegais"
Illustration showing Zulu warrior preparing to throw his assegai at the Battle of Isandlwana (1900)
Public Domain Zulu warrior preparing to throw his assegai at the Battle of Isandlwana (1900) - Credit: C. E. Fripp

An assegai is a slender spear, usually made of hardwood and pointed with iron.

The name was originally used only by the Berbers. The Portuguese later extended the term to mean the light javelins of African tribespeople generally.  For the British, it was most commonly applied to the spears of South African tribes.