donga

donga

[dong-guh, dawng-guh]
noun
1.
(in an ice shelf) a small ravine with steep sides.
2.
(in South Africa) an eroded ravine; a dry watercourse.

Origin:
1875–80; < Nguni (compare Zulu u(lu)donga); perhaps directly < a pidginized form with loss of the class prefix, as Fanagalo donga

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donga1 (ˈdɒŋɡə)
 
n
(South African), (Austral), (NZ) a steep-sided gully created by soil erosion
 
[C19: Afrikaans, from Nguni donga washed out gully]

donga2 (ˈdɒŋɡə)
 
n
(in Papua New Guinea) a house or shelter

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