bongo-drum

bongo

2 [bong-goh, bawng-]
noun, plural bongos, bongoes.
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

bongoist, noun
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bongo1 (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -go, -gos
a rare spiral-horned antelope, Boocercus (or Taurotragus) eurycerus, inhabiting forests of central Africa. The coat is bright red-brown with narrow cream stripes
 
[of African origin]

bongo2 (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos, -goes
a small bucket-shaped drum, usually one of a pair, played by beating with the fingers
 
[American Spanish, probably of imitative origin]

Bongo (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ)
 
n
Omar. original name Albert Bernard Bongo. born 1935, Gabonese statesman; president of Gabon from 1967

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bongo
1920, from Amer.Sp. (West Indies, esp. Cuban), from a word of W. African origin, cf. Lokele (Zaire) boungu.
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