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[ oh-kuh-vang-goh, -vahng- ]
/ ˌoʊ kəˈvæŋ goʊ, -ˈvɑŋ- /


a river in central Africa, flowing SE from Angola to Botswana. About 1000 miles (1610 km) long.
Portuguese Cu·ban·go, Ku·ban·go [koo-bahn-goo] /kʊˈbɑ̃ gʊ/. Formerly O·ko·van·go, O·ko·vang·go. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for okavango

  • These streams have an easterly direction, their beds, often dry, joining the Okavango.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7|Various
  • I crossed the Okavango somewhere up towards its sources, and then found myself in the wild country of the Mukassakwere Bushmen.

  • A fortnight later they were camped on a tributary stream north of the Okavango.

British Dictionary definitions for okavango



/ (ˌəʊkəˈvɑːŋɡəʊ) /


a river in SW central Africa, rising in central Angola and flowing southeast, then east as part of the border between Angola and Namibia, then southeast across the Caprivi Strip into Botswana to form a great marsh known as the Okavango Basin, Delta or Swamp. Length: about 1600 km (1000 miles)
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