Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosure usually made of thorn bushes, and latterly of steel fencing, for protection from marauders.
  • n. A stockade made of bushes and thorns.
  • n. A hide.
  • n. A hut.
  • n. A military or police post or magistracy.
  • n. A type of fertilizer rich in animal dung.
  • n. A method of composting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inclosure of bushes, thorn, or stakes formed as a protection for a camp or village.

Etymologies

From Swahili boma ("a place of concealment"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Since then, the Bantu term boma has been used to describe any kind of fence, from a colonial fortress to a makeshift shelter.

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  • We surrounded the perimeter of our camp under the tower with what the locals call boma cloth, or game capture netting, an opaque shade cloth that animals view as a solid object.

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  • To baraka boma as the potential to becoming the next president, because we know that he hasn't done nearly as many drugs as the W did.

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  • As we waited for Nkunda to arrive on our first evening at the camp, we were led to a "boma," an open sided hut topped by woven banana leaves where rebel officers - some in camouflage, others in track suits and flip flops - offered chunks of local cheese and hot milk.

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  • That evening they fared sumptuously upon venison, and as on the previous day lay down to rest in a little "boma" or fence made of boughs.

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  • In this glade the camp had been built, surrounded by a "boma" or palisade of rough wood, within which stood two tents and some native shelters made of tall grass and boughs.

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  • It is not wise, white man, 'he added with a laugh,' to keep so small a garrison for your "boma" [kraal].

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  • Three-course dinners (with ostrich steak entrees) are served in the "boma," where tables are arranged around a campfire.

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  • "boma," an open sided hut topped by woven banana leaves where rebel officers - some in camouflage, others in track suits and flip flops - offered chunks of local cheese and hot milk.

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  • At the boutique Sanctuary Baines' Camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta, guests are given an educational "cosmic safari" of the skies around the boma bonfire by the camp manager.

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