Definition of boubou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbuːbuː/
(also boubou shrike)


1An African bush shrike (songbird) with the upper parts mainly blackish in colour. It is noted for the duet of bell-like calls produced by the male and female together. Compare with brubru.
  • Genus Laniarius, family Laniidae: several species.
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, colourful, loose-fitting garment worn by both sexes in parts of Africa.
French, from Malinke bubu
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).

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