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Sentence :

all words with the tag fruit and vegetables
ananási, pl. bananasi (class 9/2 : - / ba- exception - special form )
linanási, pl. mananasi (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...)) (official plural)
scientific name : ananas sativus

pineapple
ananasi
ananasi
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ananasi
ananasi
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other words with the tag 'fruit and vegetables' : ananási, bikedi, eloló, bitekuteku, bonsáó, dongódongó, ekéké, ekútu, esápa, etabe, etabi, fumbwa, kwánga, lidésu, likémba, lilála, lingolo, litungúlu, liyebo, lisángó, mbálá, mbika, mbíla, mbuma, ndúnda, ngúba, paipái, payipayi, pilipili, pondú, pwaró, tomati, tondolo, ndímo, likásu, kokotí, likombó, liyebú, mosángó, liboké, kúnde, lisángú, libengê, mbomá, avoká, savoká, mpondú, lidamé, lipéla, litóngé, payi, linanási, ndiká, pakápáka, mokókóló, linioko, misili, sáfú, tomato, sakasáka, nkúnde, pili-pili, ndembi, limona, likásó, lilebó, mongúba, nsáfú, bonsau, ngombo, gombo, mondiká, sóló, sinda, mondéngé, mundenge, biteku-teku, mádamé, poilu, liebú, mazulu, mungenge
bikedi
scientific name : Manihot esculenta

cassava, manioc
tapioka
bikedi
bikedi
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bikedi
bikedi
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synonymes : kikedi
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eloló, pl. bilolo (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
scientific name : Solanum distichum
kind of vegetable

pl. bilolo
salad with the bitter leaves
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bitekuteku (class 8 : bi- (always plural))
biteku-teku (class 8 : bi- (always plural))
scientific name : Amaranthus viridis / Amaranthus hybridus

amaranth, amaranth (a type of vegetable)
kind of salad, like spinach


link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth
bitekuteku
bitekuteku
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bitekuteku
bitekuteku
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bitekuteku
bitekuteku
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bitekuteku
bitekuteku
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see also : ngwengo
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Tokendeki kozwa bitekuteku na kati ya zamba.
We went to pick bitekuteku inside the forest.
bonsáó (class 14 : abstract nouns - no plural)
sáfú, pl. basafu (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
nsáfú, pl. bansafu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
bonsau (class 14 : abstract nouns - no plural)
monsáó, pl. minsao (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
monsáú, pl. minsau (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
nsáú
scientific name : Dacryodes edulis

sort of fruit, nsafu
also called african plumb (or african pear)

nsafu tree


mai ma nsáfú
color of a nsafu =  purple/violet 
safu ya kokalinga
safu ya kokalinga
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safu
safu
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nsafu
nsafu
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synonymes : bonsáó, bonsau, sáfú, nsáfú
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nzete ya safu
safou tree
mai ya mpondu. mai ya malala. mai ya nsáú.
green (the color of mpondu). orange (the color of an orange). purple/violet (the color of a nsafu).
item Article : consonants
In Lingala, sometimes you hear "nsoso" and sometimes you hear "soso". You might get the impression that
it would be free to choose wether to use the first letter m or n when the word starts with two consonants,
but in reality there is a precise rule for it :

In lingala, the first letter m or n may be ommitted for words that start with mp, nt, ns or nk.
(The voiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sonores)

NK
nkama / kamacent
nkingo / kingocou
nkisi / kisimédicament
nkulutu / kulutuaîné
nkoba / kobatortue
MP
mpinzoli / pinzolilarme
mpo / popour
mpamba / pambanul
mpuku / pukusouris
mpongi / pongisommeil
NS
nse / sedessous
nsoso / sosopoulet
nsambo / sambosept
nsango / sangoinformation
nsinga / singafil
NT
ntina / tinaimportance
ntolo / tolotorse
ntalo / talovaleur
ntango / tangotemps
ntaba / tabachèvre

In all other cases, the first letter is mandatory.
(The unvoiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sourdes)

NG
nguyapouvoir
ngaimoi
ngandabar
ngubaarachide
ngulucochon
MB
mbokavillage
mbelicouteau
mbetulit
mbilapalmier
mbisipoisson
ND
ndakomaison
ndekocousin
ndakisaexemple
ndumbaprostituée
ndundalégume
NZ
nzotocorps
nzetearbre, baton
nzelachemin
nzungumarmite
nzalafaim
NY
nyeiexcrément
nyosorien
nyokaserpent
nyamaanimal
nyongodette


dongódongó, pl. badongodongo (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : Abelmoschus esculentus / hibiscus esculentus

okra
kind of vegetable, kind of spice
dongodongo
dongodongo
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dongodongo (ngombo)
dongodongo (ngombo)
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dongodongo (ngombo)
dongodongo (ngombo)
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synonymes : ngombo
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other words with the tag 'kitchen' : biríka, dongódongó, fúlu, káwa, liki, lútú, masanga, mbelí, míliki, molangi, mongwa, kania, kobalula, nzúngu, pilipili, sáni, sukali, zibolateur, kópo, kokálinga, kobalola, lúto, etumbelo, mondóndó, vére, mántéka, madída, kikalungu, makusa, mbabula, mbilika, mungua, mutalaka, sume, zibulatere, ngai, pili-pili, zibolatéle, elúbu, soda, evímba, ngombo, gombo, sani, nkupidi, zibulateur, sinda, mondóngó, mundóngó, limbondó, kupidi, mazulu
other words with the tag 'food and drinks' : biríka, bisikíti, bóí, bokénzú, dongódongó, ekéne, engwélé, fufú, fumbwa, kabri, kamundele, kwánga, libóké, libumu, lidésu, liki, lipa, lipapú, liyebo, loso, masanga, mateka, maí, mbálá, mbika, mbisi, mokate, mongwa, mwamba, ti, víno, sokolá, liyebú, niampoule, kosákosá, molangua, ndóngó, biele, bitoto, kafi, kikedi, linioko, lotoko, lunguila, likoso, mbilika, mosáká, mpíodi, muamba, mungua, nsámbá, saladini, tangawisi, ngai, mbenda, mbisi, nkúnde, niampoul, mbili, súpu, málemba, tangaúsi, ngombo, gombo, nkupidi, kafé, limbondó, primus, kupidi, gratana, gratanya, liebú, jus
ekéké, pl. bikeke (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
yam
wood
see also : mbomá
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ekútu, pl. bikutu (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
calabash, squash
tags :
esápa
yam
see also : mbomá
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etabe, pl. bitabe (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
etabi, pl. bitabi (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
small banana
etabe
etabe
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bitabe
bitabe
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item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
nzete ya bitabe
banana tree
fumbwa
mfumbua
mfúmbwa, pl. bamfumbwa (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Gnetum africanum

green vegetable : liana leaves

is prepared with peanut sauce
fumbwa
fumbwa
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fumbwa
fumbwa
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Fumbwa elambami na mafuta ya nguba.
Fumbwa is prepared with peanut oil
masoko solo ya fumbwa epola banda sanza moko
buttocks that smell like fumbwa that is rotten since a month
makayabu na fumbwa ! ezangi kaka loso kasi naza na nzala !
makayabu and fumbwa ! Only rice is missing, but I'm hungry !
kwánga, pl. bakwanga (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
kuanga, pl. bakuanga (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
mokwánga, pl. mikwanga (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
chikwangue
cassava bread, made from soaked cassava flour,
mould in a mbili leaf or banana leaf (likasa ya makemba)
and then boiled in water.
mbika & kwanga
mbika & kwanga
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kwanga
kwanga
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kwanga
kwanga
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kwanga
kwanga
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see also : engwélé, málemba
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lidésu, pl. madesu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
bean (bigger than nkunde)
madesu oyo aza na nsuki te
madesu oyo aza na nsuki te
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madesu
madesu
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see also : kúnde
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nzungu ya madesu ezali na moto
The cooking pot of the beans is on the fire.
ntango wana, tolyaka kaka madesu na mayi
at that time (in those days), we only ate beans with water.
lidesu ya pembe
white bean (also used to designate a white man)
nalambi madesu.
I prepared beans.
madesu na suki, eza madesu ya kopola
beans with hair are spoiled (moldy) beans (allusion on baldness among white people)
mundele madesu
a white person (like a bean)
kolamba madesu te. lamba ndunda
Don't prepare the beans. Prepare the vegetables.
nakolona madesu.
I will plant beans.
pona nini mikolo oyo oza kolia kaka madesu ?
Why all you do these days is eat beans ?
madesu ma bana
tip (as in tipping the waiter)
likémba, pl. makemba (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Musa paradisiaca
plantain, sort of banana for cooking
makemba
makemba
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makemba
makemba
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makemba
makemba
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makemba
makemba
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derived from : kokémba
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Kolya makemba ya mobesu te.
don't eat bananas that are not ripe.
lituma eza makemba ya kotuta.
lituma is mashed plantain bananas.
lilála, pl. malala (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : citrus aurantium

orange (fruit)

ya malála
color orange
poso ya lilala
poso ya lilala
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kolongola poso ya lilala
kolongola poso ya lilala
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see also : ndímo
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mai ya mpondu. mai ya malala. mai ya nsáú.
green (the color of mpondu). orange (the color of an orange). purple/violet (the color of a nsafu).
item Article : colors
langi moindo (dark colors)
moindo
black
longondo
purple
bozinga, bulé
dark blue
langi ya sokola
chocolate brown
langi ya mpondu
green


langi motane (light colors)
bondobo, motane soo
yellow
langi ya malala
orange
roze
pink
ngola, motane ngbaa
red
maron
maron
langi ya mapata
light blue


langi lisusu (other colors)
mpembe
white
mbwe
grey


other words with the tag 'colors' : mpémbé, lángi, lilála, mbíla, mwindu, pembe, pondú, motáné, sokolá, moíndo, mbwé, bondobó, ngóla, longondo, bozinga, búlé, kulele, ndombe, muindu, mwíndo
lingolo, pl. mangolo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
mángá, pl. bamanga (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mango
manga
manga
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manga
manga
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manga
manga
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manga
manga
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manga ya mabele ma nzombo Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
kind of mango
etape ya nzete ya mangolo ebukani mpe ekweyi likolo ya ndako
The branch of the mangotree broke off and fell on the house
manga ya kotela
a ripe mango
makasa ya nzete ya manga ekwei
The leaves of the mangotree fell off.
litungúlu, pl. matungulu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : allium sativum

onion

scientific name : allium cepa

garlic
matungulu ya zamba
matungulu ya zamba
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Tuta pilipili, tya mungwa na matungulu.
mash the chilipepper, put salt and onions.
kende kosomba litungulu na zando.
Go buy an onion at the market.
Mama na bango aza kokata matungulu.
Their mum is cutting onions.
liyebo, pl. mayebo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
liyebú, pl. mayebu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...)) (None)
liebú, pl. maebu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
edible mushroom
mayebo
mayebo
© pvh (leti)
see also : likombó
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liyebo yaka kotala liyebo oyo.
Come see that mushroom.
lisángó, pl. masango (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
corn
corncob
lisangu
lisangu
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lisangu
lisangu
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lisangu
lisangu
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see also : lisángú
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mbálá, pl. bambala (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
tuber
(cassava (manioc), (sweet) potato, yam,...)

its leaves are called matembele
mbala
mbala
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see also : libengê
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libenge eza mbala ya sukali. matembele eza nkasa ya libenge.
The "sweet potato" is a sweet tuber. Matembele are the leaves of the sweet potato.
mbala ya kokalinga
Frieten
mbika, pl. bambika (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
squash / zucchini
squash / zucchini seed
paste made from squash / zucchini seed
(often sold in a mbili leaf or banana leaf (likasa ya makemba), like a chikwangue)
mbika
mbika
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mbika
mbika
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mbika
mbika
© food avenue
mbika & kwanga
mbika & kwanga
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mbika
mbika
© Cuisine Du Congo
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mbíla, pl. bambila (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
lobíla, pl. mbila (class 11/10m : lo- / m- : in front of p,b)
mbila, pl. bambila (class 1a/2 : - / ba-) (informal plural)
palm, palmtree
palm nut
policeman

langi ya mbila
bright red
mbila esobe
mbila esobe
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mbila esobe
mbila esobe
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masanga ya mbila
masanga ya mbila
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mafuta ya mbila
mafuta ya mbila
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mafuta ya mbila
mafuta ya mbila
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masanga ya mbila
masanga ya mbila
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mikokoli ya mbila
mikokoli ya mbila
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mikokoli ya mbila
mikokoli ya mbila
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mokokoli ya mbila
mokokoli ya mbila
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mbila
mbila
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mbila
mbila
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mbila
mbila
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see also : polísi, ndiká
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item 7 examples (bandakisa nsambo) ...
mafuta ( ya ) mbila.
palm oil
masanga mbila
palm wine (also a neigbourhood in Kinshasa, in the municipality of Mont-Ngafula)
nzete ya mbila epesaka nsamba, mafuta mbila na mpose.
The palmtree provides palmwine, palmoil and the mpose.
nzete ya mbila bazokata ezokola
The palm tree they cut is growing.
Nawuti komona bambila mwambe liboso ya ndako.
I just saw 8 policemen in front of the house.
yela ngai masanga mbila namela.
Bring me the palm juice, so that I may drink.
Alati lokola bambila penza
He really dresses like a policeman.
mbuma, pl. bambuma (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
fruit, seed

abscess, skin button, pustule, ulcer
mbuma ya sanduku
mbuma ya sanduku
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see also : mpówa, bopo
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nzete ya mbuma, makasa na yango ekweyi
The fruit tree, it's leaves fell off.
mbuma ya sanduku
moth balls
Akobima mbuma lisu lelo.
His eyes will pop out. (be surprised)
Aza na bambuma na elongi.
She has zits on her face.
mbuma ya vino
raisin / grape
ndúnda, pl. bandunda (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
vegetable
salad
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monoko mbeli, makolo ndunda.Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
A mouth like a knife, legs like a vegetable.
Namonaki ndunda yango mbala ya liboso.
I saw that vegetable for the first time.
kolamba madesu te. lamba ndunda
Don't prepare the beans. Prepare the vegetables.
lambela ngai mwa ndambu ya ndunda
Prepare me a small portion of vegetables.
ngúba, pl. banguba (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mongúba, pl. minguba (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
scientific name : arachis hypogaea

peanut, groundnut
Sakombi na ekolo ya nguba
Sakombi na ekolo ya nguba
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nguba
nguba
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nguba
nguba
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nguba
nguba
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Fumbwa elambami na mafuta ya nguba.
Fumbwa is prepared with peanut oil
Akomi koteka nguba na zando.
She began selling peanuts on the market.
paipái, pl. bapaipai (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
papaya
paipai
paipai
© pvh
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payipayi
payi
papaya
payipayi
payipayi
© fleur-de-vanille
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pilipili, pl. bapilipili (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
pili-pili
scientific name : capsicum annuum

chili pepper
pilipili
pilipili
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pilipili
pilipili
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pilipili
pilipili
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pilipili
pilipili
src : esepelisa
pili-pili
pili-pili
© pvh
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Pilipili epoli.
The chilipepper is rotten.
Pilipili ya elanga ya yo, moto mosusu akolia yango. Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
The pepper of your field, someone else will eat it.
Tuta pilipili, tya mungwa na matungulu.
mash the chilipepper, put salt and onions.
Keba, pilipili eswi makasi.
watch out, the chilipepper is very hot. (stings hard)
bitumba ezali pili-pili mpe mungua ya libala. Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
The fights are the pepper and the salt of the mariage.
atie ngai pili-pili na liso. ezosala pasi.
She put pepper in my eye. It hurts.
koswana eza pili-pili pe mungwa ya libala. Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
Arguing is the pepper and the salt of the mariage.
other words with the tag 'flavours' : bololo, mongwa, pilipili, sukali, mungwa, ngayi, mungua, ngai, pili-pili, mazulu
pondú
mpondú, pl. bampondu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
cassava leaves

ya pondu
color green
piler le pondu
piler le pondu
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pondu
pondu
© iqbal actu
pondu congelé
pondu congelé
© www.21food.com
mpondu
mpondu
© pvh
synonymes : sakasáka
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mai ya mpondu. mai ya malala. mai ya nsáú.
green (the color of mpondu). orange (the color of an orange). purple/violet (the color of a nsafu).
pondu na yo ezangi mungwa. pasi ya solo.
your pondu lacks / misses salt. really a pity.
pwaró
leek
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tomato
tomati, pl. batomati (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
tomato
google
google
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tondolo
ntóndóló, pl. bantondolo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Aframomum giganteum / Aframomum laurentii / Aframomum africanum
wild fruit with sweet and sour flesh
tondolo
tondolo
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ntondolo
ntondolo
© Nick hobgood
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ndímo, pl. bandimo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
lemon
lemon tree
ndimo
ndimo
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see also : lilála
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item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
ndimo ngai / ndimo elamu
lemon / orange
likásu, pl. makasu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))Kinshasa version
likásó, pl. makaso (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : cola acuminata

cola nut
makaso
makaso
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likasu
likasu
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item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
pona nini mibali baliaka likasu ?
Why do men eat cola nuts ?
kokotí
coconut
coconut tree
kokoti
kokoti
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likombó, pl. makombo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Cantharellus (cup/chalice)

species of mushroom

Swahili : Lutondo
makombo
makombo
© wikipedia
makombo
makombo
© wikipedia
see also : liyebo, liyebú, liebú
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mosángó, pl. misango (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
eggplant
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liboké, pl. maboke (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
liboké
liboké
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kúnde
nkúnde, pl. bankunde (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
bean (smaller than lidesu)
pea
see also : lidésu
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lisángú, pl. masangu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
corn
corn grain
masangu ya kotokisa
masangu ya kotokisa
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masangu ya kotokisa
masangu ya kotokisa
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masangu ya kotumba
masangu ya kotumba
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see also : lisángó
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item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
fufu ya masango
flower from maïs, cornstarch
libengê
scientific name : Ipomoea batatas

sweet potato
see also : mbálá
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libenge eza mbala ya sukali. matembele eza nkasa ya libenge.
The "sweet potato" is a sweet tuber. Matembele are the leaves of the sweet potato.
mbomá, pl. bamboma (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
yam
Yam
Yam
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see also : ekéké, esápa
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avoká
savoká, pl. basavoka (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
avocado (the fruit)
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item 2 examples (bandakisa míbalé) ...
nzete ya savoka
avocado tree
Katela ngai eteni ya avoka.
Cut me a piece of avocado.
other words with the tag 'loan word: french' : aliméti, avió, balé, biló, biríki, bisikíti, butó, bwáto, buzí, dalapó, kwíti, lángi, piké, piné, sodá, sukali, maládi, tiké, avoká, soséti, búlé, kodamer, kotoker, dilekitele, fétí, kamaladi, kaminio, lapolo, lífelo, soméle, pantalo, somisi, moyen, melesi, semísi, mopao, courant, tur, biró, er, pantalon, sucré, botine, ke, avyó, îfó, kurá, maséle, kompaní, kaminyó, kamyó, veló, boáto, danzer, petite, jus
lidamé, pl. madame (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
mádamé, pl. bamadame (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : Terminalia catappa

a kind of tropical tree and its fruit.

Also known as Indian-almond and mkungu in swahili
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lipéla, pl. mapela (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Psidium guajava
guava
tropical fruit of the Myrtaceae family
Lipela
Lipela
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Lipela
Lipela
© ARS
madida ya lipela
madida ya lipela
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mopepe ebuki nzete ya lipela
The wind broke the guava tree.
litóngé, pl. matonge (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Landolphia owariensis
tropical fruit. Closed, it looks like a lemon and on the inside there are large buds to suck.


pl. matonge
- a Congolese quarter in Brussels (Belgium), in the commune of Ixelles.
- (former Camp Renkin) a district of Kinshasa, in the commune of Kalamu.
litonge
litonge
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other words with the tag 'world' : bélejika, bénin, djibuti, ejipti, ekólo, ekwateli, elitré, etiopi, falanse, falansia, gabon, gambia, ghana, gine, kamerun, kanada, kenya, liberia, libîya, luksambur, malawi, mali, moritani, mozambiki, namibia, niger, nijeria, ostralía, otrishi, poto, pulutugal, sénégal, seyshel, somalie, swaziland, swisi, togo, tshad, tunisia, zambia, zimbabwe, komori, kongo, angeleza, ingelezia, lifalanse, lingala, litóngé, mputulukezo, sindangari, mpótó, ezipito, belesi, zaíre, ameríka
other words with the tag 'locations' : litóngé, gambela, Masina, Lemba, bandalungwa, bandal, barumbu, bumbu, gombe, kalamu, kasavubu, kimbanseke, kinshasa, kintambo, kisenso, limete, maluku, matete, mont-ngafula, ndjili, ngaba, ngaliema, ngiringiri, nsele, selembao, montngafula, ngiri-ngiri, kasa-vubu, n'djili, makala, n'sele, lilebó, mpandanzila, lukunga, funa, mont-amba, tshangu
ndiká, pl. bandika (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mondiká, pl. mindika (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
palm nut core,stone
ndika
ndika
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see also : mbíla
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pakápáka, pl. bapakapaka (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
helicopter

propeller (aircraft or boat)

context : fruit
scientific name : Averrhoa carambola
carambola, starfruit
azolia pakapaka
azolia pakapaka
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nzete ya pakapaka
nzete ya pakapaka
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paka paka
paka paka
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pakapaka ya masuwa / pakapaka ya mpepo
marine propeller (of a ship) / aircraft propeller
other words with the tag 'transport' : avió, wewa, bwáto, ebei, engunduka, felé, masúwa, mobembo, mótuka, mpépo, piné, báki, bísi, engbunduka, tiké, tukutuku, buáto, kaminio, nkínga, pakápáka, púsu, vuatili, pépo, mutuka, ngolá, kaminyó, kamyó, dankí, kodóndwa, prince, boáto
mokókóló, pl. mikokolo (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mokokoli, pl. mikokoli (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
kernel of a fruit

fig: shaved head, bald
mikokoli ya mbila
mikokoli ya mbila
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mikokoli ya mbila
mikokoli ya mbila
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mokokoli ya mbila
mokokoli ya mbila
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mikokoli ya mingenge
mikokoli ya mingenge
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derived from : kokóla
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linioko, pl. manioko (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
cassava
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misili
kind of green vegetable with a bitter taste
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sakasáka, pl. basakasaka (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
cassava leaves in kikongo language
the word probably comes from "cassava" (manioc)
music festival
music festival
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saka saka
saka saka
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synonymes : mpondú, pondú
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other words with the tag 'loan word: kikongo' : kidiba, likata, kobalula, kobalusa, kobaluka, kobalola, kitendi, ndombe, nzimbu, kikedi, litondo, sakasáka, ingeta, mataku, mazulu
ndembi, pl. bandembi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Allium schoenoprasum L.

Chives (vegetable)
ndembi
ndembi
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ndembi
ndembi
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limona
grenade (small bomb)

pomegranate (fruit)
scientific name : Punica granatum
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lilebó, pl. malebo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Borassus flabellifer L.

palmyra palm

also called toddy palm, or sugar palm, borassus


link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borassus


context : location
The Pool Malebo, a lake-like widening formed in the lower reaches of the Congo River
also called Stanley Pool, Malebo Pool, Lake Ngobila, Lake Nkunda

Kin Malebo, name suggestion for the city of Kinshasa because there where so many of these palmtrees

context : theatre
Groupe Kin Malebo, a well known theatre group
Groupe Kin Malebo
Groupe Kin Malebo
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Pool Malebo
Pool Malebo
src : google images
mbuma ya lilebo
mbuma ya lilebo
© DXLINH
malebo
malebo
src : africamuseum
see also : malebo
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ngombo
gombo
scientific name : Abelmoschus esculentus

the word in lingala is dongodongo

kingombo or ngombo in various bantu languages

okra
dongodongo (ngombo)
dongodongo (ngombo)
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dongodongo (ngombo)
dongodongo (ngombo)
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dongodongo
dongodongo
src : google images
synonymes : dongódongó
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sóló, pl. basolo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
eggplant (aubergine)
solo
solo
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solo
solo
© pvh
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mwasi ya zemi akokaka basolo mususu te.
A pregnant woman can't stand certain odors.
sinda
scientific name : Cymbopogon citratus

lemon grass

"sinda di mputu" in kikongo language

A tropical plant, cultivated for its stems or leaves
which taste like lemon, used in cooking, like with roasted chicken.
The dried leaves (makasa ya sinda) can be brewed into a tea, as is often done in Congo
sinda
sinda
src : google images
sinda
sinda
src : google images
see also : bulukutu
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mondéngé, pl. mindenge (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mundenge, pl. mindenge (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
scientific name : Annona muricata --> Soursop, Corossol (corossol with Spikes)
scientific name : Annona reticulata --> Custard Apple, wild sweetsop, bull's heart, ox-heart (corossol without spikes)

Corossol, a type of fruit
mondenge
mondenge
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poilu, pl. bapoilu (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : Nephelium lappaceum

sort of fruit, closely related to the lychee
rambutan, hairy lychee
also called mbuma litchi or mbuma poilu
mbuma poilu
mbuma poilu
© pvh (Lauretta)
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mazulu

ocimum basilicum

basil (culinary herb)
tags :
mungenge, pl. mingenge (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
scientific name : spondias mombin

yellow mombin or hog plum

The fruit is ovoid yellow, with the size between a plum and a lemon, covered by a
leathery skin which is wrinkled when dry and containing a thin layer of orange flesh around
a big kernel. The fleash has a sharp somewhat acid taste.


link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spondias_mombin
mikokoli ya mingenge
mikokoli ya mingenge
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
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