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n. pl. Kongo or Kon·gos
1. A member of a people living in west-central Africa along the lower Congo River.
2. A Bantu language of the Kongo used as a lingua franca in the southern Republic of the Congo, the western Democratic Republic of the Congo, and northern Angola. Also called Kikongo.
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npl -gos or -go
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa living in the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, and Angola
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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(ˈkɒŋ goʊ)
1. Also, Congo, Kakongo. a major historic kingdom of W central Africa, whose rulers, Christianized under Portuguese influence in the late 15th century, exercised largely nominal authority after 1710.
2. Also, Bakongo. (used with a pl. v.) the members of a group of modern African peoples of the S Congo Republic, the W Democratic Republic of the Congo, and NW Angola.
3. Also, Kikongo. the Bantu language or languages of these peoples, a creolized form of which serves as a lingua franca in the lower Congo River basin.
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Noun1.Kongo - the Bantu language spoken by the Kongo living in the tropical forests of Zaire and Congo and Angola
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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