1913J.J. DokeSecret City 149The songololo, pursuing its even path with the steady movement of a thousand feet.
1947F.C. SlaterSel. Poems 8The grass curls up and withers — Curls, as a songololo curls At the touch of a careless foot.
1947Kowie Announcer 21 Oct. 5Our remark the other day about rain and Songololas (the correct local native name) has brought in the following: — ‘When Songololas climb the wall, Rain must soon begin to fall’.
1956A.G. McRaeHill Called Grazing 84The anxious scanning of roots for signs of damage by eelworm or the songololo centipede.
[1969F.G. ButlerWhen Boys Were Men 119‘Thousand-leg insects’ is a direct translation of Afrikaans duisendpoot i.e. millepede, probably the large variety found in the eastern Cape called songololo by Africans.]
1972 Radio South Africa 9 Feb.In one month flat kitty had cleared the place of rats — it was still lousy with snakes and scorpions and songololos, but no rats.
1977M. Van Biljon inSunday Times 1 May (Mag. Sect.)A songololo is..a millipede with a hard shiny exterior armour..a plague in Tamboerskloof where after the first rains they have marched in their serried ranks down the mountain, into nooks and crannies, crevices, baths, curtains, up walls, down paintings, into cupboards.
1989T. Botha inStyle June 112Songololos loll in the way of my tyres.
1990Style Feb. 52Imagine..you’re so hungry you’re prepared to eat songololos!
1991Style Apr. 102We share it (sc. the shower room) with the fattest, most colourful songololo we’ve ever seen.
1951W.T. MillerWild Life of Sn Afr. (Chapter 74)A tjongololo..in danger..winds itself into a stiff coil and trusts the strength of its armour-plated shell...Common on the veld are little heaps of dried-out, grey and empty rings that were once the burnished armour of a tjongololo.
1977Sunday Times 22 May 9The children tickled her..and tried to scare her with creepy-crawlies...‘They apple-pied beds and landed me with frogs and tshongololos.’
1988T.J. LindsayShadow (1990) 266She saw a chongololo, a millipede.
1990D. Capel inPersonality 27 Aug. 13They have their own peculiar brand of bug, called ‘chongololos’ which eat the tobacco crop.
1992T. Carnie inNatal Mercury 9 Nov. 7We were shown the waterhole where Dingiswayo’s sister was killed by a crocodile...why some shongalolos have lime green stripes...and the gobandlovu tree, with its famed aphrodisiac properties.
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