Definition of songololo in English:

songololo

Line breaks: songo|lolo
Pronunciation: /ˌsɒŋgɒˈlɒlɒ
 
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(also shongololo)

noun (plural songololos)

South African
  • A millipede which curls up into a pinwheel-shaped coil when disturbed.
    • Julus terrestris, class Diplopoda
    More example sentences
    • It's fun to speculate about a meal featuring beetle broth; locust wing hors d'oeuvres; spider pie entrée with fly fritters; main dish of worm Wellington, caterpillar dumplings and songololos julienne.
    • His concern is with songololos, especially after a downpour.
    • The sounds and sight of these sleek and powerful metallic songololos have become part of everyday life for the communities through whose land they pass.

Origin

early 20th century: from Xhosa i-songololo, Zulu i-shongololo (from ukus(h)onga 'roll up').

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