Main definitions of bongo in English

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bongo1

(also bongo drum)

noun

  • Either of a pair of small, long-bodied drums typically held between the knees and played with the fingers.

    • ‘Musical groups danced the samba all the way, beating bongo drums and shaking tambourines.’
    • ‘Turner entered the hall behind a child's wooden wagon to which a pair of bongo drums had been lashed.’
    • ‘The only real disappointment I found was the absence of those spectacular bongos at the beginning of ‘The Hazards of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees’.’
    • ‘Backed by live trumpets, guitars, and bongos, Kadiri's debut album is an impressive new force in roots hip-hop.’
    • ‘The combination of bongo drums and some sharp scratching from DJ Kilmore was pretty impressive.’
    • ‘The first track ‘Una Cancion,’ with it's echoed bongos, steel drums and chilled vocals, will help you forget just how cold it is outside.’
    • ‘Saturdays, he'd be smoking pot and playing bongos.’
    • ‘If in doubt, listen to the opening bars of ‘Boston’: guitar, snare, bongos and shakers, what else do you need?’
    • ‘It kind of brought the band back to its roots - we're all close together and playing instruments like mandolin and bongos.’
    • ‘Mrs Stagg bought Kieron a bongo drum for Christmas.’
    • ‘Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.’
    • ‘The tabla is sort of a cross between the bongos and snare drum.’
    • ‘‘Chanabra’ adds bongos to one of the disc's most aggressive choruses, hinting at future recordings.’
    • ‘Last October he was arrested after police found him naked and playing the bongo drums.’
    • ‘‘Sinner Man ‘is a Tamla tornado of sitars, trumpets, bongos and guitars.’’
    • ‘Wiggs handles bass, guitars, drums, and bongos; Trimble plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, and accordion.’
    • ‘‘Until the Dream Gets Broken’ follows with programmed bongos and the same backing vocals, both featured more prominently this time.’
    • ‘In fact, the high bongo plays on an offbeat while the cowbell simply marks the beat.’
    • ‘Marlon Brando's personal effects, including a pair of bongo drums and an annotated script of The Godfather, will be auctioned this week.’
    • ‘With the bongos - a reference to the little darbouka drums of Kancheli's homeland - a suggestion of a folk dance is raised, but then denied very soon after.’

Origin

1920s: from Latin American Spanish bongó.

Pronunciation:

bongo

/ˈbäNGɡō/

Main definitions of bongo in English

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bongo2

noun

  • A forest antelope that has a chestnut coat with narrow white vertical stripes, native to central Africa.

    • ‘These rich foreigners want to be sure that they will find a bongo during a fairly brief visit.’
    • ‘Other rare animals, too, are scheduled for cloning, including the bongo, cheetah, Sumatran tiger, and, of course, the giant panda.’
    • ‘Africa's mountain bongo antelopes are teetering on the brink of extinction because of deforestation and poaching.’
    • ‘Leopard, elephant, rhino and the rare bongo can all be found here.’
    • ‘Sapo National Park is Liberia's only national park and one of the last rainforest refuges for bongo antelopes and forest elephants’
    • ‘The great apes, gorillas and chimpanzees, form the core of this zone, which is also home to the mandrill baboon, the bongo antelope, and the red river hog.’
    • ‘In Kenya, meanwhile, the bongo antelopes, victims of deforestation and poaching, are teetering on the brink of extinction.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Kikongo.

Pronunciation:

bongo

/ˈbäNGɡō/