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pongo

/ˈpɒŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
an anthropoid ape, esp an orang-utan or (formerly) a gorilla
2.
(military, slang) a soldier or marine
Word Origin
C17: from Kongo mpongo
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  • pongo imitates farmyard sounds—cock crowing and that sort of thing—extremely well.

    The Inca of Perusalem George Bernard Shaw
  • I wished to give him a name, and succeeded in learning that his native one was pongo.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • A chase ensued, and he was tracked by his blood when a pongo (bush box) was started and divided the party.

  • There is Mr pongo, said the person who had conducted me to the room.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • Raising his arm, he pointed toward the separate hut, and both boys distinctly caught the one word "pongo."

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • I told her all about the pongo gorilla-god, of which already she knew something.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • On reaching the pongo, the doctor directed his men to remain where they were while he accompanied me to the camp.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • I waited a moment, and I heard the well-known voice of "pongo" Simpson.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • Even after a pongo Twistleton birthday party, I was capable of grasping simple facts like these.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • For even "pongo" Simpson cannot always practise what he preaches.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
Word Origin and History for pongo

Pongo

n.

ape genus, 1620s, from Kongo mpongi.

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