mondo

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[ 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.
Compare koan.

Origin of mondo

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1925–30; < Japanese mondō, earlier mondau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wèn inquire + reply

Definition for mondo (2 of 2)

mondo

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Slang.

adverb

very; extremely: mondo cool.

adjective

large; big: a mondo history paper.

Origin of mondo

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< Italian mondo world, extracted from the film Mondo Cane (1961) and reinterpreted as an adv. in Italian or pseudo-Italian phrases such as mondo bizarro very bizarre, literally, bizarre world
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