bonga, noun

Xhosa, Zulu, Show more From Xhosa and Zulu verb, see bonga verb; in Xhosa and Zulu the noun form is isibongo (plural izibongo), see isibongo.
In the context of traditional African society: declamatory praise. Also attributive. See also isibongo sense 2.
1898 B. Mitford Induna’s Wife 14The roars of bonga which greeted his appearance mingled with the howling of the gang of witch doctors and the shouting and blows of the royal guard.
1898 B. Mitford Induna’s Wife 135I understood the ways of kings,..and so, disarming, I crept forward, the words of bonga rolling out thick and fast the while.
declamatory praise. Also attributive.

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