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Subject: Re: DONGA
From: Stephen Greenfield & Kit Hansen <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 13:02:54 -0600
At 10:17 PM 3/31/98 +0930, Trevor Hampel wrote:
>donga: 1. a shallow gully or dried out watercourse
>The Shorter Oxford Dictionary:
>donga: a ravine or watercourse with steep sides (South Africa: Bantu)

It's used in Kenya to refer to seasonally dry riverbeds.  It was one of the
few words I knew in Swahili where I had to say I didn't know an English
equivalent.  But it's not in the Swahili dictionary I have...  Interesting
that it got to Australia.  I'll be in the state of Arizona next week (where
such rivers are common)... I'll be curious to see what the local term is.

Stephen Greenfield
Minneapolis USA

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