- (in an ice shelf) a small ravine with steep sides.
- (in South Africa) an eroded ravine; a dry watercourse.
Origin of donga
1875–80; < Nguni (compare Zulu u(lu)donga); perhaps directly < a pidginized form with loss of the class prefix, as Fanagalo donga
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Examples from the Web for donga
Thirty yards or so from this, and in the donga, lay the corpse of the Prince Imperial.History of the Zulu War
Then he remembered that in his eagerness to get out he had left his knob-kerrie in the donga.A Secret of the Lebombo
The gallant fellow managed to crawl to the group of castaways in the donga.
They also took refuge in the donga, and waited for better times.
There were only five or six of them, and they waited in a donga for reinforcements.Two Years on Trek
Louis Eugne du Moulin
- Southern African, Australian and NZ a steep-sided gully created by soil erosion
C19: Afrikaans, from Nguni donga washed out gully
- (in Papua New Guinea) a house or shelter