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mpingo Line breaks: mpingo
Pronunciation: /(ə)mˈpɪŋɡəʊ/

Definition of mpingo in English:

noun (plural mpingos)

An East African leguminous tree with dense black timber which is used for carvings and musical instruments.
  • Dalbergia melanoxylon, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • His photos of the sculptor cutting down an mpingo tree and sculpting a piece of root wood, and his image of a group of sculptors at work beneath an enormous mango tree, are remarkable.
  • Far from corrupting Makonde sculpting, the shift to mpingo - with its dense grain - allowed artists to advance their technical skills and to obtain finely detailed results.
  • Until recently, southern Tanzania was relatively isolated and its population of mpingo mostly unscathed.


From Kiswahili.

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