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[boh-muh] /ˈboʊ mə/
a city in the W Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the Zaire (Congo) River. Unabridged
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  • Seen you on the steamers when I was stationed at our headquarters in Boma.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
  • The lion can not get into the Boma unless he jumps up and comes in from the top.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • These rockets were some that Mr. Wallace had obtained at Boma, made so they could be firedfrom a gun or revolver.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • Then, rising from the meal, the explorers made their way to the Boma.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • Mr. Wallace had already arranged with the Belgian there to send them on down to Boma.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • “One animal is enough to shoot from a Boma,” whispered Mr. Lewis.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • An excellent institution in Boma is the colonie scolaire where foundlings are reared and educated.

  • When they finally reached the spot, they found the Boma just as they had built it.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • At sunset we anchored in the current three miles from Boma, and at daybreak we tied up to the iron wharf.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
  • It's none of my business, but I'll mention the matter when I get back to Boma.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for Boma


noun (in central and E Africa)
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


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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