The English Language

Borrowed Words From
Kongo

11 Words Listed


Kongo Language Notes

Kongo is a Niger-Congo language spoken in Angola and Congo.

Many of the words from this language are the names of animals and birds ("zebra", "chimpanzee") or are musical terms ("bongo", "funky").


WordMeaningNotes
bongo   Small African drums played with the hands.
boogie devilishly good Dance music. One of several musical words from Kongo.
canary   A yellow and green bird. One of several animal words from Kongo.
chimpanzee   A type of ape.
funky positive sweat  
gorilla   A large ape.
gumbo   Soup thickened with okra pods.
marimba   A musical instrument (percussion).
mojo soul Used in USA slang for 'magic'.
zebra   A striped horse-like animal. In UK also a striped pedestrian crossing.
zombie   The name of a snake god.

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