- a reddish-brown antelope, Taurotragus eurycerus, of the forests of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.
Origin of bongo1
1860–65; probably < a Bantu language; compare Lingala mongu an antelope
- one of a pair of small tuned drums, played by beating with the fingers.
Origin of bongo2
1915–20, Americanism; < American Spanish bongó
Also called bongo drum.
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Examples from the Web for bongo
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And Bongo Donos wife in his abcense sent me a present of millans.Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I
The Bongo eat the fruits, tubers and fungi in which the country is rich.
Schweinfurth says that Bongo music is like the raging of the elements.
Small fish, too, were in such vast shoals in the shallows that the bongo appeared in one place to cut through them.The Young Llanero
The greater kudu is, with the bongo, easily the prize beast in East Africa, and very few are shot.The Land of Footprints
Stewart Edward White
- a rare spiral-horned antelope, Boocercus (or Taurotragus) eurycerus, inhabiting forests of central Africa. The coat is bright red-brown with narrow cream stripes
of African origin
- a small bucket-shaped drum, usually one of a pair, played by beating with the fingers
American Spanish, probably of imitative origin
- Omar . original name Albert Bernard Bongo . 1935–2009, Gabonese statesman; president of Gabon (1967–2009)
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Word Origin and History for bongo
1920, from American Spanish (West Indies, especially Cuba), from a word of West African origin, cf. Lokele (Zaire) boungu.
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