[ mon-doh ]
/ mɒnˈdoʊ /
noun, plural mon·dos.Zen.
a question to a student for which an immediate answer is demanded, the spontaneity of which is often illuminating.
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Origin of mondo1
First recorded in 1925–30; from Japanese mondō, earlier mondau “rapid question and answer, catechesis between a rōshi (master) and student,” from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wèn “inquire” + dá “reply”
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Definition for mondo (2 of 2)
very; extremely: mondo cool.
large; big: a mondo history paper.
Origin of mondo2
First recorded in 1965–70; from Italian mondo “world,” extracted from the film Mondo Cane (“A Dog's World”) (1962) and reinterpreted as an adverb in Italian or pseudo-Italian phrases such as mondo bizarro “very bizarre,” literally, “bizarre world”
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