Definition of boubou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞obo͞o/


1 (also boubou shrike) An African bush shrike with the upper parts mainly blackish in color. It is noted for the duet of bell-like calls produced by the male and female together.
  • Genus Laniarius, family Laniidae: several species, in particular the tropical boubou (L. aethiopicus) and the southern boubou (L. ferrugineus).
Example sentences
  • The heavy air vibrates with cooing of doves and the creaking-gate single note of the tropical boubou.
  • The best-known and best-studied duettists are certain African shrikes, notably the tropical boubou shrike Laniarius aethiopicus.
2A long, colorful, loose-fitting garment worn by both sexes in parts of Africa.
Example sentences
  • Guineans have made an art form of boubous, garments which they slip over their heads and wear over matching pants.
  • In more traditional settings, people wear boubous, loose-fitting cotton tunics with large openings under the arms.
  • It consists of draw-string trousers, a long-sleeved loose-fitting shirt with an open neck, and a boubou (long, full robe).


French, from Malinke bubu.

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Syllabification: bou·bou

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