Meanwhile more of them crowded into the room, and sat down on the floor, closely watching me, armed with their creeses or daggers.
They are fierce and treacherous, and their curved knives (or creeses, as they call them) are sharp and deadly poisoned.
The men twisted their hair up in gorgeous head-cloths, and the knot bristled with creeses.
Swords and creeses were drawn, and stout adherents were not wanting with spear and matchlock to support their respective leaders.
There were then visible on board the dhow four men, two aft and two forward, all armed with the usual Arab swords and creeses.