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Etymology 1 n. (context East Africa South Africa English) A large broad-bladed knife. Etymology 2

n. 1 Any of various edible freshwater fish of the genus ''Pangasius'', native to southeast Asia, especially the iridescent shark, (taxlink Pangasius hypophthalmus species noshow=1), now reclassified as (taxlink Pangasianodon hypophthalmus species noshow=1). 2 A type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat common throughout much of the developing world, including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia. Etymology 3

n. A small inflatable motorboat used in Latin America.


n. a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation [syn: machete, matchet]


Panga is the common South African name for Pterogymnus laniarius, a small, ocean-dwelling fish, native to the southeast Atlantic Ocean and southwest Indian Ocean. Alternatively called "torpedo scads", they are cold-blooded with white flesh. Their scales are generally pink in color with whitish underbelly and blue-green stripes running laterally along their sides.

Over the course of its life, a panga will undergo periodic sex-changes with as much as 30% of the population being hermaphroditic at a time. Despite the presence of both sex organs, it is thought unlikely that both are simultaneously active. Panga are slow to reach sexual maturity, with a minimum population doubling time of 4.5–14 years.

In other countries, the name panga may refer to a different species. In Indonesia, it refers to Megalaspis cordyla, in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Poland it refers to Pangasius hypophthalmus, and in Kenya it refers to Trichiurus lepturus.

Panga (boat)

The Panga is a type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat common throughout much of the developing world, including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia. The original panga design was developed by Yamaha as part of a World Bank project circa 1970. Pangas are commonly operated directly off of beaches. The name comes from the panga fish which is commonly netted, note the upswept bow of the boat which resembles the machete or knife called a panga. In addition to being used by fishermen, pangas are also popular with Somali pirates.

Image:Hast_Cac%C3%B6la_desde_Socaaix_con_pangas.jpg|Photo of pangas at Tiburón Island by Steve Marlett.

Image:Mexican_fishing_boats.jpg|Photo of pangas at La Antigua River, Mexico, by Philo Nordlund.

Image:Fishermen_at_Moya_beach.jpg|Photo of a panga in the Comoros Islands by M. Wanasimba.

Image:US_Navy_081008-N-1082Z-045_Pirates_leave_the_merchant_vessel_MV_Faina_for_the_Somali_shore_Wednesday,_Oct._8,_2008_while_under_observation_by_a_U.S._Navy_ship.jpg|A panga used by Somali pirates under observation by the United States Navy.

Key features of the panga design are a high bow, narrow waterline beam, and a flotation bulge along the gunwale, or top edge of the hull. The high bow provides buoyancy for retrieving heavy nets, and minimizes spray coming over the bow. The narrow beam allows the hull to be propelled by a modest-sized outboard motor. The flotation bulge along the gunwale provides increased stability at high angles of roll. These features link the panga design to traditional Japanese wasen fishing boats.

The original Yamaha panga design had a length of , and a waterline beam of approximately . The flotation bulge at the gunwale increased the overall beam to approximately .

Pangas are usually between in length, with capacities ranging from and powered by outboard motors of between . Their planing hulls are capable of speeds in excess of .

The hulls are made of Fiberglass or FRP, heavily reinforced by numerous bulkheads, and usually have bow and stern enclosed flotation compartments.

In the hands of an experienced operator they are considered extremely seaworthy. Most pangas are expected to have a working life of between 5 and 10 years if properly maintained.

Panga (disambiguation)

Panga may refer to:

  • Panga (boat), small boat, Central American/Mexican version of a skiff
  • Machete, large cleaver-like cutting tool
Species of fish
  • Panga (Pterogymnus laniarius), in South Africa
  • Megalaspis cordyla (in Indonesia)
  • Pangasius hypophthalmus (in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Poland)
  • '' Trichiurus lepturus (in Kenya).
  • Panga, Burkina Faso, town in Soubakaniédougou Department, Comoé Province, Burkina Faso
  • Panga, Lääne County, village in Ridala Parish, Lääne County, Estonia
  • Panga, Mustjala Parish, village in Mustjala Parish, Saare County, Estonia

Usage examples of "panga".

Just in case of trouble he unsheathed the eighteen-inch steel blade of his panga, then clambered inside the hearse, feeling it rock on the soft springs, aware of a strange, musty smell, like pepper and dog piss, salt and sugar.

He held the panga tightly in his right hand and pushed back the lid of the coffin with his left.

His right hand dropped to the hilt of the panga, drawing it in a smooth whisper of steel.

He thrust in the general direction of his closest adversary, feeling the familiar, satisfying jar of the panga slicing through flesh then grinding against bone.

He bolstered the blaster and drew the panga, gripping it between his teeth, the steel cold and bitter on his tongue.

He peeled the socks off his pale, puckered feet, carefully unburdening himself of his armory of weapons: rifle, pistol and panga, the hidden slim-bladed flensing knife.

SIG-Sauer P-226 pistol was on his right hip, balanced by the weight of the panga with its eighteen-inch blade on the other hip.

But the panga hit him across the leg, cutting muscle and snapping the femur.

Ryan was kneeling by the body of Jonas Clegg, wiping the blood-slick blade of the panga on its coat.

Ryan reached for his panga, dragging his oar in nearer to the boat and slashing at the loops of the weed.

His panga was the best weapon they had for hacking away at the brown fronds, and he shipped his oar, leaving it to the others to carry on with the rowing.

The hilt of the panga slipped into his fingers and he drew the blade, waving it in front of him in a singing curtain of death.

The gleaming ivory tip of the spear darted at him, but he parried with a ferocious cut of the panga, snapping the spear in half, the point falling to the ice and skittering away.

Quietly he drew his panga and probed at the gap with the long blade, widening the split a little.

Ryan was still holding the long steel panga when someone grabbed him from behind.