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noun, plural mun·gos.
  1. a low-grade wool from felted rags or waste.
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Also mongo, mongoe.
Compare shoddy(def 1).

Origin of mungo

First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples of mungo

  • But, if I was much affected, the callant Mungo was a great deal more.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch

    David Macbeth Moir

  • Mungo is divided into two classes, namely, new and old mungo.


    William H. Dooley

  • It was from them that he first learnt that Mungo Park was dead.

  • Isaaco was better able to appreciate their music than Mungo Park.

  • And Mungo is remembered forever because he died with a laugh.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

British Dictionary definitions for mungo


mongo or mongoe

noun plural -gos or -goes
  1. a cheap felted fabric made from waste wool
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Word Origin for mungo

C19: of unknown origin
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