from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The betel-nut palm (Areca Cuthecu), the nuts of which, together with the leaves of the betel-pepper and a little lime, form a masticatory called buyo. See areca-nut.


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  • [275] This fruit, which is called bonga, is cut lengthwise in strips, and each strip is put into an envelope or covering made from the leaf.

    History of the Philippine Islands

  • The witch may either herself cause death by 'eating,' or eating the liver of, her victim, or may cause her familiar "bonga" to attack the unfortunate.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas

  • Everything about her said “regular housecat” except her amber eyes, which held a hint of bonga in them.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat

  • In broad terms, in the northern part of the ecoregion, the lowland rainforests correlate to the Brosimun utilis alliance, including communities dominated by the deciduous "cuipo" or "ceiba bonga" tree (Cavanillesia platanifolia), the "aspavé" or wild cashew (Anacardium excelsum), the "táparo" (Catilla elastica), the rubber tree (Castilla elastica), Brosimum guianense, Bombacopsis spp.,

    Chocó-Darién moist forests

  • This is the same reason we have replaced the term 'jihad' with 'booka-bonga-bippo,' which has a more zesty, urban, youthful, 'now' feel.

    Cephalic Attrition....

  • The mokuri, a tuber which abounds in the Mopane country, they discovered by percussing the ground with stones; and another tuber, about the size of a turnip, called “bonga”, is found in the same situations.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • As they rushed downstairs, a strange pla-bonga pla-bonga sound followed them.

    Villa Incognito

  • At some point during the night, when he was quite tipsy, he began to drum on his protruding belly, as tanukis are wont to do, and the pla-bonga pla-bonga sound of his drumming eventually attracted a kitsune.

    Villa Incognito

  • Was that drumming pla-bonga noise the happy host of Hell hammering the lids of their coffins?

    Villa Incognito

  • He thumped his full belly-pla-bonga pla-bonga-and his grin fought a duel with the moon.

    Villa Incognito


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