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tonga

[tong-guh]
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noun
  1. a light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.

Origin of tonga

First recorded in 1870–75, tonga is from the Hindi word tāṅgā

Tonga1

[tong-guh]
noun
  1. a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km). Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands.

Tonga2

[tong-guh]
noun
  1. Tsonga.
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tonga

noun
  1. a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi tāngā

Tonga1

noun
  1. plural -gas or -ga a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family

Tonga2

noun
  1. a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles)Also called: Friendly Islands
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