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  1. a piece of gaily decorated thin cotton cloth used as a garment by women in E Africa
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Word Origin for kanga

from Swahili
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Historical Examples of kanga

  • Kanga had not spoken as yet by the evening fire, but had been an amused listener.

    My Dark Companions

    Henry M. Stanley

  • The Kanga Maru had launched her torpedoes, and then tried to escape.


    Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff

  • Kanga, Mangree, and Gien; three undetermined vocabularies of the "Mithridates."

  • The Kanga Maru listed to port and disappeared in the waves, over which a few straggling American shots swept.


    Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff

  • The camels move on at the beginning of their day's work to the beating of the kanga, or drum.