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bongo

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[ bong-goh, bawng- ]
/ ˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ- /
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noun, plural bon·gos, (especially collectively) bon·go.
a reddish-brown antelope, Taurotragus eurycerus, of the forests of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.
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Origin of bongo

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1860–65; probably < a Bantu language; compare Lingala mongu an antelope

Other definitions for bongo (2 of 2)

bongo2
[ bong-goh, bawng- ]
/ ˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ- /

noun, plural bon·gos, bon·goes.
one of a pair of small tuned drums, played by beating with the fingers.
Also called bongo drum .

Origin of bongo

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An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; from Latin American Spanish (Puerto Rico) bongó

OTHER WORDS FROM bongo

bon·go·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bongo (1 of 3)

bongo1
/ (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -go or -gos
a rare spiral-horned antelope, Boocercus (or Taurotragus) eurycerus, inhabiting forests of central Africa. The coat is bright red-brown with narrow cream stripes

Word Origin for bongo

of African origin

British Dictionary definitions for bongo (2 of 3)

bongo2
/ (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos or -goes
a small bucket-shaped drum, usually one of a pair, played by beating with the fingers

Word Origin for bongo

American Spanish, probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for bongo (3 of 3)

Bongo
/ (ˈbɒŋɡəʊ) /

noun
Omar . original name Albert Bernard Bongo . 1935–2009, Gabonese statesman; president of Gabon (1967–2009)
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