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donga

[dong-guh, dawng-guh] /ˈdɒŋ gə, ˈdɔŋ gə/
noun
1.
(in an ice shelf) a small ravine with steep sides.
2.
(in South Africa) an eroded ravine; a dry watercourse.
Origin
1875-1880
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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British Dictionary definitions for donga

donga1

/ˈdɒŋɡə/
noun
1.
(South African & Austral, NZ) a steep-sided gully created by soil erosion
Word Origin
C19: Afrikaans, from Nguni donga washed out gully

donga2

/ˈdɒŋɡə/
noun
1.
(in Papua New Guinea) a house or shelter
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