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Boma

[boh-muh]
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noun
  1. a city in the W Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the Zaire (Congo) River.
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Examples from the Web for boma

Historical Examples

  • On the night of December the twenty-third I sat out in a boma watching for lions.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • The lion can not get into the boma unless he jumps up and comes in from the top.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • He resolved to leave the river and make direct for the coast at Boma.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • Then, rising from the meal, the explorers made their way to the boma.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster

  • “One animal is enough to shoot from a boma,” whispered Mr. Lewis.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster


British Dictionary definitions for boma

boma

noun (in central and E Africa)
  1. an enclosure, esp a palisade or fence of thorn bush, set up to protect a camp, herd of animals, etc
    1. a police post
    2. a magistrate's office

Word Origin

C19: from Swahili

Boma

noun
  1. a port in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), on the Congo River, capital of the Belgian Congo until 1926: forest products. Pop: 607 000 (2005 est)
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