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[muhng-goh] /ˈmʌŋ goʊ/
noun, plural mungos.
a low-grade wool from felted rags or waste.
Also, mongo, mongoe.
Compare shoddy (def 1).
Origin of mungo
First recorded in 1800-10; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mungo
Historical Examples
  • But, if I was much affected, the callant mungo was a great deal more.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • mungo is divided into two classes, namely, new and old mungo.


    William H. Dooley
  • It was from them that he first learnt that mungo Park was dead.

  • Isaaco was better able to appreciate their music than mungo Park.

  • And mungo is remembered forever because he died with a laugh.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • "Ye're thinkin' o' the Baron in tartan," said mungo, bluntly.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • mungo has just hinted with his customary discretion at the cause of the mystery.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • How it found provisions in these days mungo alone could tell.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • A pleasant interlude of weather, and yet mungo was in what he called, himself, a tirravee.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • mungo turned the lantern about in his hand and had nothing to say.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for mungo


noun (pl) -gos, -goes
a cheap felted fabric made from waste wool
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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