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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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  • I wished to give him a name, and succeeded in learning that his native one was pongo.

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

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  • I told her all about the pongo gorilla-god, of which already she knew something.

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  • I waited a moment, and I heard the well-known voice of "pongo" Simpson.

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  • For even "pongo" Simpson cannot always practise what he preaches.

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  • The northern limits of the tract are only a little beyond the pongo.

  • It seemed that I had been staked out as a sacrifice to pongo.

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  • "pongo," nodded the dwarf, and Burt gave up trying to talk to him.

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  • Despite their plight, the boys looked eagerly for the hut of pongo.

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  • Mbopo's the only one who's game to go after pongo, that's sure.

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Word Origin and History for pongo

Pongo

n.

ape genus, 1620s, from Kongo mpongi.

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