- a light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.
Origin of tonga
First recorded in 1870–75, tonga is from the Hindi word tāṅgā
- a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km). Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands.
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Then, when the barque was off the Tonga Islands, a large "pod" of whales were sighted.John Frewen, South Sea Whaler
Leaving this island, they steered for Amsterdam or Tonga Taboo.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The people, Bent tells me, are very like those of the Tonga group.The Cruise of the Mary Rose
William H. G. Kingston
Now-a-days they are better known by the native name of Tonga.
As large as Tonga Tabou, it is higher, and not wanting in fresh water.
- a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India
C19: from Hindi tāngā
- plural -gas or -ga a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
- a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles)Also called: Friendly Islands
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