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bongo1

[bong-goh, bawng-] /ˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ-/
noun, plural bongos (especially collectively) bongo.
1.
a reddish-brown antelope, Taurotragus eurycerus, of the forests of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; probably < a Bantu language; compare Lingala mongu an antelope

bongo2

[bong-goh, bawng-] /ˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ-/
noun, plural bongos, bongoes.
1.
one of a pair of small tuned drums, played by beating with the fingers.
Also called bongo drum.
Origin
1915-20, Americanism; < American Spanish bongó
Related forms
bongoist, noun
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Examples for bongo
  • People sat on blankets playing the guitar or bongo drums or meditating.
  • bongo is usually deployed with a similar smaller set attached.
  • Flow meter is attached in center of metal frame and allows calculation of water volume the bongo has fished.
  • bongo nets, used to capture plankton, being deployed.
British Dictionary definitions for bongo

bongo1

/ˈbɒŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -go, -gos
1.
a rare spiral-horned antelope, Boocercus (or Taurotragus) eurycerus, inhabiting forests of central Africa. The coat is bright red-brown with narrow cream stripes
Word Origin
of African origin

bongo2

/ˈbɒŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos, -goes
1.
a small bucket-shaped drum, usually one of a pair, played by beating with the fingers
Word Origin
American Spanish, probably of imitative origin

Bongo

/ˈbɒŋɡəʊ/
noun
1.
Omar. original name Albert Bernard Bongo. 1935–2009, Gabonese statesman; president of Gabon (1967–2009)
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Word Origin and History for bongo
bongo
1920, from Amer.Sp. (West Indies, esp. Cuban), from a word of W. African origin, cf. Lokele (Zaire) boungu.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bongo

bongo

adjective

Drunk (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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