- a long, loose-fitting, brightly colored garment worn by both sexes in parts of Africa.
Origin of boubou
1960–65; < French < Malinke bubu
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Examples from the Web for bubu
She would have nothing of the idea that Bubu was the basis of the countryside superstition.
Soon the “Bubu” calls to work once more, and the natives come creeping out of their huts, away from their ever-burning fires.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific
Suddenly, at night, a dismal cry is heard in the woods, which the boys are told is the Bubu calling for them.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man
Robert Gordon Latham
Whether desperation drove him occasionally to Bubu le Vainqueur and his friends I do not know.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
It is foolish, Mademoiselle, to connect Bubu with the werwolf, and she shrugged her plump shoulders.
- a variant spelling of boubou
- a long flowing garment worn by men and women in Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and some other parts of Africa
a native name in Mali