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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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British Dictionary definitions for bongos

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 bongos

bongo

n.

1920, from American Spanish (West Indies, especially Cuba), from a word of West African origin, cf. Lokele (Zaire) boungu.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bongos

bongo

adjective

Drunk (1940s+)


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Encyclopedia Article for bongos

bongo drum

pair of small single-headed Afro-Cuban drums. The two heads, which are respectively about 5 inches (13 cm) and about 7 inches (18 cm) across, are nailed or rod-tensioned to wooden, open-ended "shells" of the same height. Played with the hands and fingers, the drums are yoked together to help the performer execute lively rhythmic dialogues. Bongo drums were created about 1900 in Cuba for Latin American dance bands. Other Cuban folk drums are also called bongos.

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