bongos

bongo

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.

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

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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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bongos

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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