1 [bong-goh, bawng-]
noun, plural bongos (especially collectively) bongo.
a reddish-brown antelope, Taurotragus eurycerus, of the forests of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.

1860–65; probably < a Bantu language; compare Lingala mongu an antelope Unabridged


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.

1915–20, Americanism; < American Spanish bongó

bongoist, noun Unabridged
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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)
Omar. original name Albert Bernard Bongo. born 1935, Gabonese statesman; president of Gabon from 1967

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Word Origin & History

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