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donga

[ dong-guh, dawng-guh ]
/ ˈdɒŋ gə, ˈdɔŋ gə /
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noun
(in an ice shelf) a small ravine with steep sides.
(in South Africa) an eroded ravine; a dry watercourse.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for donga (1 of 2)

donga1
/ (ˈdɒŋɡə) /

noun
Southern African, Australian and NZ a steep-sided gully created by soil erosion

Word Origin for donga

C19: Afrikaans, from Nguni donga washed out gully

British Dictionary definitions for donga (2 of 2)

donga2
/ (ˈdɒŋɡə) /

noun
(in Papua New Guinea) a house or shelter
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