American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- LakeNgami A lake of northern Botswana north of the Kalahari Desert. The marshy lake covered an extensive area during the Pleistocene Epoch but was greatly reduced in size during the 1880s, when papyrus growth blocked the mouth of its main tributary.
“It was called Ngami, and he hoped to see it one day.”
“African Hunting from Natal to the Zambezi, Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, etc., from 1852 to 1860.”
“Then he made a speciality of the Ngami region, where I once hunted with him, and he was with me when I went prospecting in Damaraland.”
“Ngami in the north, and from about 24° east long. to near the west coast, has been called a desert simply because it contains no running water, and very little water in wells.”
“The people were friendly, and informed us that this water came out of the Ngami.”
“Ngami, is remarkable for its great salubrity of climate.”
“Ngami to the Chobe merely for the purpose of seeing her.”
“Ngami, having been diminished to their present size by the same kind of agency as that which formed the falls of Victoria.”
“The Spanish n [ny] is employed to denote this sound, and Ngami is spelt nyami — naka means a tusk, nyaka a doctor.”
“Such are, undoubtedly, Tsad at the north, Ngami at the south, Dilolo at the west, and Taganyika and Nyanja, of which we have only vague reports, at the east.”
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