AskDefine | Define testa

Dictionary Definition

testa n : protective outer layer of seeds of flowering plants [syn: episperm, seed coat] [also: testae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

testa
  1. the hard external coating of a seed.

Italian

Pronunciation

  • [ˈtɛsta]

Etymology

Latin testa

Noun

  1. head

Verb

testa
  1. Form of Third-person singular present tense, testare
  2. Form of Second-person singular imperative, testare#Italian|testare

Latin

Noun

testa
  1. earthen pot

Portuguese

Noun

  1. Forehead.

Swedish

Pronunciation

Verb

testa
  1. try. To see if a specific action is possible; also to see if a device works properly.

Extensive Definition

Testa is an Eritrean fighting technique/martial art that emphasizes headbutting. Its name comes from the Italian testa, meaning head, having been adopted during the colonial period. Its basis is on real hand-to-hand combat techniques, although it is often practiced in the open as a dance. The system as adapted by Dennis Newsome includes kicks, punches, and limited grappling, but the emphasis is on headbutting, with the other techniques being used mainly to set-up headbutts. It is not unusual for testa practitioners to use so called "dirty techniques" such as eye-gouging and biting, although these are not taught nor practiced in the open. In traditional Testa, there is a sole focus on trapping and headbutting. There is no known historical documentation pertaining to Testa, only techniques taught from generation to generation.

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