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Sentence :

all words with the tag animals
abúlá, pl. baabula (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
abúlá, pl. babúlá (class 9/2 : - / ba- exception - special form )
scientific name : Papio cynocephalus

baboon, Cynocephaly (dog head) monkey
abula
abula
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
abula eza nyama ya nzamba to esobe.
The baboon is an animal from the forest or the savanna.
other words with the tag 'animals' : abúlá, alíkilíkoso, alúlu, angilé, bilulu, ebambi, ebélá, ebengá, ebwélé, ekange, nyóka, eloló, engondó, eséndé, esósoló, esulúngútu, etúná, gambala, kóbá, libanki, libáta, ligóródó, likaku, likayábo, lipekápeka, lipungupungu, lonsálá, liswésé, lisweswe, liyanga, liyanzi, malwa, likélélé, mbenga, mbínzó, mbisi, mbizo, mbólókó, mbwá, mémé, mokomboso, mongúsu, lompese, mokila, mondélé, moselekete, ndeke, ngando, ngémbo, ngolo, ngómbé, ngubú, ngúlu, ngúma, ngungi, nyama, nioka, nkóli, niaou, nkosi, nkoyi, ntaba, ntambo, nzálé, nzinzi, nzói, nzoku, nzombó, peseli, puku, mpúnda, sili, nsímbiliki, nsombo, soso, kokombele, makaku, nsósó, niáo, limpúlututú, fumba, likayábu, nsili, nkóndokó, niama, likáko, nkoso, kúkúrú, kúkúlú, nkoi, kaméla, díkálá, dígalá, kángú, kángá, kángé, mpúku, púnda, farása, simbiliki, longembú, nkóbá, lipiká, mpambo, monselékéta, kwódo, ligbólóló, mombemba, dádádá, lilúku, ndôngê, mondôngê, mbómbóli, kosákosá, libongo, nkusú, mpate, ebuele, esele, kimpiatu, kipekapeka, kombekombe, likokolo, likuanganzala, limeme, mantekita, mbuá, mfuenge, mokumbusu, mpakása, mutshopi, ndakála, niawu, ntámbwe, ndjoku, nzoyi, mondonga, sonzo, tshaku, kinsekua, libúndú, mokondó, lilangwá, mpíodi, saladini, lilangua, thomson, tomson, mpose, likolo, mbisi, mpómbóli, elandela, nkungi, makako, nkómbé, kombe, mbéngé, mpô, mpóko, thompson, mpóka, ndeke, nsósó, sombo, nkotó, nkósi, mpatá, elulu, mémé, losala, kapíténe, yángánga, nkómbénkómbé, malebo, pakása, samáki, monkusú, monselekete, mosopi, longonya, likwanganzála, litaká, mbwá, nzoko, likónko, nkéma, mokele-mbembe, mpóngó, nyaú, séléngé, nyawu, mbadi, shakú, púsu
alíkilíkoso, pl. baalikilikoso (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : estrilda sp. / passeridae

sparrow (sort of bird)
moineau
moineau
src : google images
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other words with the tag 'birds' : alíkilíkoso, ebengá, engondó, esósoló, esulúngútu, libáta, liswésé, lisweswe, ndeke, soso, kokombele, nsósó, nkoso, kúkúrú, kúkúlú, kombekombe, tshaku, nkómbé, kombe, ndeke, nsósó, elulu, yángánga, nkómbénkómbé, malebo, mpóngó, shakú
alúlu, pl. baalulu (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
spider
alulu
alulu
src : google images
alulu
alulu
src : google images
synonymes : limpúlututú
tags :
angilé, pl. baangile (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : kinixys sp.

sort of turtle
koba
koba
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koba
koba
src : google images
see also : nkóbá, kóbá
tags :
bilulu
insects
tags :
ebambi, pl. bibambi (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
poisonous caterpillar
tags :
ebélá, pl. bibela (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
hyrax, sloth (animal)
ebela
ebela
src : google images
tags :
ebengá, pl. bibenga (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
dove, pigeon
ebenga
ebenga
src : google images
tags :
ebuele, pl. bibuele (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
ebwélé, pl. bibwele (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
animal
tags :
ekange, pl. bikange (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
scientific name : Crocuta crocuta

spotted hyena
hyena
hyena
src : google images
hyena
hyena
src : google images
ekange
ekange
© pvh
ekange
ekange
© pvh
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nioka
nyóka, pl. banyoka (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
snake
google
google
src : google images
tags :
item 4 examples (bandakisa mínei) ...
abetami lokola nioka.
He was beaten like a snake.
nioka abangaka mpe moto Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
The snake is also afraid of man
nioka moko aswe mwana oyo
There's a snake that bit that kid.
Nakamwaki balyaka nyama ya nyoka.
I was surprised that they eat the flesh of a snake.
eloló, pl. bilolo (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
scientific name : labeobarbus
sort of carp (fish) from the congostream
tags :
other words with the tag 'fish' : eloló, likayábo, liyanga, malwa, mbenga, mbisi, mongúsu, ngolo, nzombó, likayábu, libongo, ndakála, libúndú, lilangwá, mpíodi, saladini, lilangua, thomson, tomson, mbisi, thompson, mpóka, kapíténe, samáki, mosombó, kongoyasika, mbótó, nzabí, nzabe, mikebuka, séléngé
engondó, pl. bingondo (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
small eagle
see also : mpóngó
tags :
eséndé
kind of squirrel
tags :
esósoló, pl. bisosolo (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
species of partridge
esosolo
esosolo
src : google images
esosolo
esosolo
src : google images
tags :
esulúngútu
owl
esulungutu
esulungutu
src : google images
tags :
etúná
tse-tse
tags :
gambala, pl. bagambala (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
species of fox
tags :
nkóbá, pl. bankoba (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
kóbá, pl. bakoba (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : kinixys sp.

turtle
koba
koba
src : google images
koba
koba
src : google images
see also : angilé
tags :
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


libanki, pl. mabanki (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
grasshopper
sauterelle
sauterelle
src : google images
sauterelle
sauterelle
src : google images
see also : likónko
tags :
libáta, pl. mabata (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
duck
libata
libata
src : google images
synonymes : liswésé
tags :
item 2 examples (bandakisa míbalé) ...
libata abotaka maki
the duck lays eggs
makolo na ye ekokani na libata.
His feet are like a duck.
ligóródó, pl. magorodo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
toad
synonymes : kwódo, ligbólóló
tags :
makaku, pl. bamakaku (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
likaku, pl. makaku (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
likáko, pl. makako (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
makako, pl. bamakako (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
monkey, macaque

as it is a borrowed word, the correct form is "makaku" for the singular and "bamakaku" for plural, but as ma- sounds like the plural of a word starting with li- you might sometimes hear "likaku, makaku ".
makaku
makaku
src : google images
see also : nkéma
tags :
item 4 examples (bandakisa mínei) ...
makaku awelaki kupé, esika ya kotia mokila ezali te.
The monkey fought for the short (pants), a place to put the tail there is not.
ah Nzambe ! pona nini masta na ngai aza zoba lokola makaku ?
ah God ! why is my friend stupid like an ape ?
mwasi na ngai aboti likaku na esika ya mwana.
My wife gave birth to an ape instead of a child.
lobi toliaki bongo ya makako
Yesterday we ate monkey brain.
likayábu, pl. makayabu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))Kinshasa version
likayábo, pl. makayabo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
smoked fish, stockfish, saltfish

(from the portugese "bacalhau")
tags :
item 2 examples (bandakisa míbalé) ...
makayabu na fumbwa ! ezangi kaka loso kasi naza na nzala !
makayabu and fumbwa ! Only rice is missing, but I'm hungry !
na pokwa tokolia makayabo
In the evening we will eat salty fish.
other words with the tag 'loan word: portugese' : matabísi, mesa, sapatu, víno, kópo, likayábu, mántéka, paladó, matabish, paláta
lipekápeka
kipekapeka
butterfly
lipekapeka
lipekapeka
src : google images
synonymes : mbómbóli
tags :
lipungupungu
dragonfly
libelle
libelle
src : google images
tags :
lonsálá, pl. nsala (class 11/10 : lo- / n- exception - special form )
losala, pl. nsala (class 11/10n : lo- / n- : in front of t,k,g,s)
Feather (bird)
plume
plume
src : google images
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liswésé, pl. maswese (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
lisweswe, pl. masweswe (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
synonymes : libáta
tags :
liyanga, pl. mayanga (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Citharinus gibbosus

fresh water fish of the family of tilapia (edible)
tags :
liyanzi, pl. mayanzi (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Sarcopsylla penetrans

chigger (trombiculidae, larva of harvest mite)

(often mistaken for Tunga penetrans)
chigoe flea, jigger
insect that provoques tungiasis
liyanzi
liyanzi
src : google images
tags :
malwa (class 6 : ma-)
scientific name : Polydactylus quadrifilis (Giant African threadfin)

a fish called capitaine in Congo.
...
...
src : google images
see also : kapíténe
tags :
likélélé, pl. makelele (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : brachytrupes membranaceus

tobacco cricket

pl. makelele
noise
likelele
likelele
© wikipedia
Kamundele ya makelele
Kamundele ya makelele
© pvh
Kamundele ya makelele
Kamundele ya makelele
© pvh
Kamundele ya makelele
Kamundele ya makelele
© pvh
tags :
item 7 examples (bandakisa nsambo) ...
tika makelele !
stop the noise !
Tika makelele ya pamba pamba, suba olala
leave that noise for nothing, pee, that you'd sleep
makelele ya nkake
thunder
bana bakoki kotanga malamu te likolo ya makelele ya wenze mpe solo ya fulu source: Espérance-François Ngayibata Bulayumi, Mosuni
The children couldn't study well because off the noise of the small market and the smell of the dump.
bakendaka bokila na motu ya makelele te
One doesn't go on a hunt with a noisy person.
epayi na bino nde makelele ezalaka makasi.
There's much noise at your place.
Aza kosala makelele makasi.
She's making loud noise.
mbenga, pl. bambenga (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Hydrocynus goliath

goliath tigerfish
predatory fish that can grow to 1,5m and 50kg
mainly found int the Congo River Basin, Lualaba River, Lake Upemba and Lake Tanganyika
mbenga
mbenga
src : google images
mbenga
mbenga
src : google images
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mbínzó, pl. bambinzo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mbizo, pl. bambizo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))wrong spelling
scientific name : Imbrasia ertli

caterpillar
butterfly larva
mbinzo
mbinzo
© Francis Hannaway
chenille
chenille
src : google images
Peter ameki mbinzo
Peter ameki mbinzo
© pvh
mbinzo
mbinzo
© pvh
Ethan alei mbinzo
Ethan alei mbinzo
© pvh (Ethan)
mbinzo
mbinzo
© pvh
see also : mpose
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
mbinzo ezali malamu mpo na koliya.
The caterpillar is good to eat.
mbisi, pl. bambisi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mbisi, pl. bambisi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-) (informal plural)
fish
mbisi
mbisi
© coloriages
mikuwa ya mbisi
mikuwa ya mbisi
src : Connie
tags :
item 9 examples (bandakisa libwá) ...
mobomi mbisi.
fisherman
mbisi ya mobesu
fresh (uncooked) fish
mbisi ya mayi
fresh fish (that comes straight from the water, not frozen/pickled/dried)
mbisi ya kokauka
dried fish
mikuwa ya mbisi
fish bones
mbisi abendi ndobo.
a fish pulls the line.
ebale ya kongo ezali monene mpe na mbisi ebele
The Congo river is big and also has a lot of fish.
nakei na kinkole koliya maboke ya mbisi ya mayi
I go to Kinkole to eat papillottes of fresh fish.
Mbisi oyo epoli. Bankusu batondi na kati.
That fish is rotten. Maggots are swarm inside.
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
mbólókó, pl. bamboloko (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Philantomba coerulea

gazelle, impala
small antelope
forest antilope
gazelle
gazelle
src : google images
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mbwá, pl. bambwa (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
mbuá, pl. bambua (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
mbwá, pl. bambwa (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
dog
mbwa
mbwa
© pvh
tags :
item 6 examples (bandakisa motóbá) ...
mbwa ya zamba.
wolf (dog of the forest)
balongolaka pongi ya mbwa te. Balamusaka te mbwa oyo azali kolala.
"One" does not interrupt the sleep of a dog. "One" does not wake the dog that is sleeping.
mbwa moto alie tomson na yo.
It's the dog who ate your tomson.
mbwa aswi mwana.
The dog has bitten the child.
moyibi akufi lokola mbwa likolo ya tshombo
a thief died like a dog because of a mobile phone
pesa mbwa na ngai mikuwa wana. alia.
Give those bones to my dog. That he eats.
mémé, pl. bameme (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
mémé, pl. bameme (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
sheep
mouton
mouton
src : google images
synonymes : mpate
tags :
mokomboso, pl. mikomboso (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mokumbusu, pl. mikumbusu (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
chimpanzee, gorilla
chimpansee
chimpansee
src : wikipedia
gorilla
gorilla
src : google images
gorilla
gorilla
src : google images
tags :
mongúsu, pl. mingusu (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mungusu, pl. mingusu (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
scientific name : Parachanna obscurus / Ophiocephalus obscurus

african snakehead
kind of predatory fish
mongusu
mongusu
src : google images
mongusu
mongusu
src : google images
mongusu
mongusu
src : google images
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lompese, pl. mpese (class 11/10m : lo- / m- : in front of p,b exception - special form )
peseli, pl. bapeseli (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-) (None)
cockroach
mpese
mpese
© pvh
blatte
blatte
src : google images
tags :
mokila, pl. mikila (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mukila, pl. mikila (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
tail
mikila ya ngombe
mikila ya ngombe
© pvh
see also : lopele
synonymes : mokondó
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
makaku awelaki kupé, esika ya kotia mokila ezali te.
The monkey fought for the short (pants), a place to put the tail there is not.
mondélé, pl. mindele (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mundele, pl. mindele (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
white (white man, not the color, mpembe)
European-style person
person with light skin color

whale (allusion on the vessels of Diègo Cao and the
mindele who came from the country under water mpoto)

zombie (in the context of voodoo and other rituals)

It seems that the origin of the word comes from the bobangi language
and that the radical "ndele" lets us believe that the african
perceived the european as someone who is insincere (="ndelengene")
rather than by his color.

link : http://books.google.be/books?id=JvPV3CDrFsYC&pg=PA77&dq=%22mondele%22
mobali ya mundele na basi ya mwindu
mobali ya mundele na basi ya mwindu
© pvh
ritual zombie
ritual zombie
src : google images
ritual zombie
ritual zombie
src : google images
tags :
item 6 examples (bandakisa motóbá) ...
mundele mboka.
mayor (of the village) (the territorial agents under the governor, during colonial time)
mundele ndombe.
black man who imitates the white, black outside and white inside (bounty)
mundele madesu
a white person (like a bean)
mutu moyindo na mutu mondele bazali batu oyo Nzambe akeli.
The black man and the white man are persons that God created.
moninga na ye wana ya mundele apesaka ngai kanda.
Her white friend there makes me angry.
mundele oyo aza mbamba
That white is sticky (follows you everywhere)
moselekete, pl. miselekete (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
monselékéta, pl. minseleketa (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
muselekete, pl. miselekete (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)Kinshasa version
monselekete, pl. minselekete (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
nselékéta, pl. banseleketa (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : mabuya

lizard
moselekete
moselekete
© pvh
moselekete
moselekete
© pvh
Mutos, somo ya miselekete
Mutos, somo ya miselekete
© Bienvenu Sene Mongaba
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
aniati monseleketa
he crushed a lizard
ndeke, pl. bandeke (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
ndeke, pl. bandeke (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)not official plural (informal)
bird

ndekendeke
vagabond, homeless
tags :
item 4 examples (bandakisa mínei) ...
maladi ya ndeke
epilepsie (let. "de vogelziekte", de stuiptrekkingen worden vergeleken met de doodstrijd van een kip. Het is ook de titel van een liedje van Werrason)
Oza kitoko makasi ndeke na ngai ya bolingo
You're very pretty, my lovebird
gilipi ya ndeke
bird flu
abelaka bokono ya ndeke
She suffers from epilepsy.
ngando, pl. bangando (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
crocodile, alligator, caiman
transport controller, taxi receiver
ngando
ngando
src : NAT GEO WILD
ngando, receveur de transport
ngando, receveur de transport
© intal, Antoine Moens De Hase
ngando, controleur de ticket
ngando, controleur de ticket
© lesoir.be, DDuchesnes, STIB
ngando
ngando
© pvh
synonymes : nkóli
tags :
ngémbo
longembú
bat
vleermuis
vleermuis
src : google images
tags :
ngolo
scientific name : Clarias Lazera - Burtipogon

silurus (same family catfish mpoká, siluridae)
ngolo
ngolo
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
loposo na ye ezali mpetompeto lokola ngolo.
her skin is smooth as a catfish.
ngómbé, pl. bangombe (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
calf, cow, ox, beef, cattle
makolo ya ngombe
makolo ya ngombe
© pvh
mikila ya ngombe
mikila ya ngombe
© pvh
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ngombe ya mafuta, ngombe ya kokonda
the fat cow, the skinny cow
nyama ya ngombe
beef (meat from a cow)
bilanga nsambo, ngombe mafuta Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly) © gen 41
after 7 years, the fat cows (after suffering, the payback)
ngombe ya mobali
bull
nazolia nyama ya ngombe
I'm eating cow meat.
Aza kotafuna bazoka lokola ngombe.
She chews her chewing gum like a cow.
ngubú, pl. bangubu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Hippopotamus amphibius
hippopotamus
ngubu
ngubu
© La Vache Qui Rit
ngubu, mpunda ya mai
ngubu, mpunda ya mai
src : google images
see also : mpúnda
tags :
item 4 examples (bandakisa mínei) ...
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).
monoko ya mokolo elumbaka solo, kasi elobaka maloba ya solo Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
The mouth of the elderly smells bad, but the words are true.
mbanda mama akufa nakoma mowumbu ya mwasi ya papa.
Since mother died, I became the slave of dad's wife.
banda okoma ya nga, nga nazokatswa.
Since you became mine, I'm dying (of joy)
ngúlu, pl. bangulu (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
porc
pig
swine

context : immigration
an illegal immigrant. Someone who entered the country through non-official ways.

Practice where one becomes a member of a musicians group in order to obtain a visa to perform in Europe, but without the intention to return to the country of origin.
ngulu na kwanga
ngulu na kwanga
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
pig
pig
src : google images
tags :
item 3 examples (bandakisa mísáto) ...
ngulu ya zamba.
wild boar (pig from the forest)
makolo ngulu.
barefoot.
naliaka nyama ya ngulu te
I don't eat porc meat.
ngúma, pl. banguma (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Python sebae

Python sebae, commonly known as the African rock python
type of constricting snake
python
python
src : google images
nguma alie mbenge
nguma alie mbenge
src : doubtful news
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
Mokolo moko, nguma akendeki bokila na zamba. Amonaki nyama moko ya monene na amelaki ye mobimba.
One day the python went hunting in the forest. He had seen a large beast and had swallowed it entirely.
ngungi, pl. bangungi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
nkungi, pl. bankungi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)not official plural (informal)
nkungi, pl. bankungi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mongungi, pl. mingungi (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
monkungi
mosquito
nkisi ya ngungi
nkisi ya ngungi
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
ngungi
ngungi
src : google images
ngungi
ngungi
src : google images
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
bangungi eswaki ngai mingi.
The mosquitoes have bitten me a lot.
nkisi ya ngungi
product against mosquitoes
Soki insekte neti nzinzi, ngungi to nzoyi esui yo, tina ya kobanga ezali te.
When an insect like a fly, a mosquito or a bee stings you, there's no reason to be afraid.
bangungi baswi ngai butu mobimba.
The mosquitoes stung me all night.
bangungi oyo bakoki kopesa yo bokono
Those mosquitoes can give you a disease.
nyama, pl. banyama (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
niama, pl. baniama (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
nyama, pl. banyama (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
animal, beast, meat
tapeworm (parasitic)

dumb, stupid (insult)
derived words : boniama
tags :
item 14 examples (bandakisa zómi na mínei) ...
nyama ya zamba.
Game (animals of the forest), wild animal
nyama ya mwínda.
firefly
nyama ya ngombe
beef (meat from a cow)
nyama ya mabele, nyama ya mikuwa
a mammal, a vertebrate
Nakamwaki balyaka nyama ya nyoka.
I was surprised that they eat the flesh of a snake.
Mokolo moko, nguma akendeki bokila na zamba. Amonaki nyama moko ya monene na amelaki ye mobimba.
One day the python went hunting in the forest. He had seen a large beast and had swallowed it entirely.
ebongi okeba. na zamba oyo baniama bazalaka ebele.
You have to be careful. In that forest are a lot of animals.
nazokende na zamba pona kokanga baniama
I'm going to the forest to catch animals.
nazolia nyama ya ngombe
I'm eating cow meat.
naliaka nyama ya ngulu te
I don't eat porc meat.
mobomi nyama.
hunter (animal killer)
abula eza nyama ya nzamba to esobe.
The baboon is an animal from the forest or the savanna.
Koko na yo, niama. Tala mutu lokola tintin.
Your granny, brute. Look at that head like Tintin. (insults)
tufi na yo, niama !
it's your shit, animal ! (insult)
other words with the tag 'insults' : kizengi, ndúmbá, nyama, yanke, zóba, niangalakata, yuma, túfi, ngotóbobo
nkóli
crocodile
synonymes : ngando
tags :
niaou
niáo
niawu
nyaú, pl. banyau (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
nyawu, pl. banyawu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
cat
niaou
niaou
src : google images
see also : nkóndokó
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
nani akoti na ezibeli ya niaou ?
Who enters through the cat's door ?
nkosi, pl. bankosi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)not official plural (informal)
nkósi, pl. bankosi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
lion
nkosi
nkosi
src : google images
nkosi
nkosi
© pvh
synonymes : ntámbwe
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
Bana mingi babangaka nkosi.
Many children are afraid of a lion.
nkoyi
nkoi, pl. bankoi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
leopard
Nkoyi
Nkoyi
© bracongo
basapato ya nkoyi nkoyi
basapato ya nkoyi nkoyi
© pvh (Didine)
nkoyi
nkoyi
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
Esika nkoyi azali, kotia ntaba te.
where there is a leopard, don't put a goat.
ntaba, pl. bantaba (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)sonorous consonant
taba, pl. bataba (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
ntaba, pl. bantaba (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
goat
ntaba na basaki ya makala
ntaba na basaki ya makala
© pvh
coiffure : nie ya ntaba
coiffure : nie ya ntaba
© pvh
coiffure : nie ya ntaba
coiffure : nie ya ntaba
© pvh
nganda ntaba chez Michée à Kinkole
nganda ntaba chez Michée à Kinkole
© pvh
ntaba
ntaba
src : google images
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
Ntaba na bino elekaki awa.
Your goats passed here.
Esika nkoyi azali, kotia ntaba te.
where there is a leopard, don't put a goat.
nyei ya ntaba
goat's droppings (a sort of african haircut, for short hair, they attach it together in little peaks so it grows faster)
bantaba mibale wana ! moko ntaba ya pembe, mosusu ntaba ya moyindo
There are two goats there. One goat wite, another goat black
ntaba ya mobali
male goat
ntambo
leopard or panther
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
oooh, solo kitoko. mama azolamba ntaba
oooh, it smells good. Mama is preparing goat.
nzálé, pl. banzale (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : bubalus (caffer)
buffalo
buffle
buffle
src : google images
synonymes : mpakása, pakása
tags :
nzinzi, pl. banzinzi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
fly
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
nzinzi ya pongi
Tsetse
Soki insekte neti nzinzi, ngungi to nzoyi esui yo, tina ya kobanga ezali te.
When an insect like a fly, a mosquito or a bee stings you, there's no reason to be afraid.
Lofundu ya nzinzi, esukaka se na kombo
the pride of the fly ends just with the broom
kanga monoko na yo pamba te okoya komela nzinzi.
Close your mouth or else you risk swallowing a fly.
fungola ekuke pona banzinzi babima
Open the door so the flies can get out.
nzói, pl. banzoi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
nzoyi, pl. banzoyi (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
nzói, pl. banzoi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
bee, wasp
nzoi
nzoi
src : google images
see also : bóí
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
mafuta miel, mafuta ya nzoi.
honey (of the bee)
Soki insekte neti nzinzi, ngungi to nzoyi esui yo, tina ya kobanga ezali te.
When an insect like a fly, a mosquito or a bee stings you, there's no reason to be afraid.
ndaku ya nzoi
beehive
nzoi moko aswi ngai na lokolo
A bee stung me in the leg.
na zamba oyo banzoi baza ebele. bokeba !
In that forest there are a lot of bees. Watch out !
nzoku, pl. banzoku (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
ndjoku
nzoko
elephant
elephant
elephant
src : google images
nzoku
nzoku
© pvh
tags :
nzombó, pl. banzombo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
nsembe, pl. bansembe (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Protopterus dolloi / Protopterus Anneta

african lungfish
kind of eel-like freshwater fish
can get 1,5m long
mabele ma nzombo
mabele ma nzombo
src : google images
nzombo
nzombo
src : google images
nzombo
nzombo
src : google images
nzombo
nzombo
src : google images
nzombo le soir
nzombo le soir
src : 7sur7.cd
tags :
item 3 examples (bandakisa mísáto) ...
nzombo le soir
a last minute victory (an expression invented by the supporters of AS Vita Club - Kinshasa)
manga ya mabele ma nzombo Proverb/expression (don't translate litteraly)
kind of mango
mabele ma nzombo
low hanging breasts
item Article : Nzombo le soir



Nzombo Le Soir is a saying in Congo, which means "the gains collected just befor the end".



Invented by the supporters of the football club A.S. Vita Club, who have the reputation
of making decisive goals just before the end. The saying also warns not to shout victory
too soon or before the end.

puku
mpúku, pl. bampuku (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
mpô, pl. bampo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mpóko, pl. bampoko (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
rat, mouse

context : computers
mpó : computer mouse
rat
rat
src : google images
...
...
src : google images
tags :
other words with the tag 'computers' : bongó, dísiki, ebómbelo, kofina, mpô, emonisi
mpúnda, pl. bampunda (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
púnda
horse
donkey
mule
mpunda mwa mobembo
mpunda mwa mobembo
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
mpunda
mpunda
src : google images
mpunda
mpunda
src : google images
mpunda
mpunda
src : google images
farasa, (mpunda)
farasa, (mpunda)
© brothersoft
ngubu, mpunda ya mai
ngubu, mpunda ya mai
src : google images
mpunda ya mingolu
mpunda ya mingolu
© pvh
see also : ngubú, farása
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
mpunda ya mingolu. mpunda ya mai.
Zebra. Hippopotamus.
sili, pl. basili (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
nsili, pl. bansili (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)sonorous consonant
monsili, pl. minsili (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
nsili, pl. bansili (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
lice, crab lice


context : electronics
electronic chip
sili
sili
src : google images
bongó to monsili
bongó to monsili
© pvh
tags :
nsímbiliki, pl. bansimbiliki (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
simbiliki
scientific name : Thryonomys swinderianus

greater cane rat

also called agouti (West Africa), hérisson (Central Africa), rat de roseaux and sibisi / zibizi (Central African Republic), grasscutter (Ghana, West Africa)

Rodent the size of a rabbit, loved for it's meat, sold as bushmeat

nsimbiliki
nsimbiliki
src : Aurélia Zizo
...
...
src : google images
nsimbiliki
nsimbiliki
src : Cirad
nsimbiliki
nsimbiliki
src : OSC AGRO
tags :
nsombo, pl. bansombo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
sombo
scientific name : Potamochoerus porcus

The red river hog
wild boar
nsombo
nsombo
© La Vache Qui Rit
nsombo
nsombo
© pvh
tags :
soso, pl. basoso (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)not official plural (informal)
nsósó, pl. bansoso (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)not official plural (informal) sonorous consonant
nsósó, pl. bansoso (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
soso, pl. basoso (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
hen, rooster, chicken
soso ya mobali
soso ya mobali
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
soso ezali talo makasi likolo ya dollar.
The chicken is very expensive because of the dollar.
mapapu ya soso
chicken wings
ebembe ya soso, matanga te.
no mourning for the cadaver of a chicken
nalingi kolya soso na loso
I want to eat chicken and rice.
Alie soso tii abuki mikuwa.
She ate the chicken up to breaking the bones.
kokombele, pl. bakokombele (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
kombekombe, pl. bakombekombe (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
nkómbé, pl. bankombe (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
kombe, pl. bakombe (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
nkómbénkómbé, pl. bankombenkombe (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
nkómbékómbé, pl. bankombekombe (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Milvus migrans

The black kite

also : hawk
épervier
épervier
src : kongossa
nkómbékómbé
nkómbékómbé
© Raghith
épervier
épervier
© latapie stephan
tags :
limpúlututú, pl. mampulututu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
synonymes : alúlu
tags :
fumba
ant
ants
ants
src : google images
ants
ants
src : google images
tags :
nkóndokó, pl. bankondoko (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
cat
niaou
niaou
src : google images
see also : niaou
tags :
nkoso, pl. bankoso (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : psittacus erithacus

parrot
nkoso, shaku
nkoso, shaku
src : google images
synonymes : kúkúrú, kúkúlú, tshaku
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
ata nkoso elobaka ezangi mayele
even if the parrot can talk, he lacks intelligence.
kúkúlú
kúkúrú
parrot
synonymes : nkoso
tags :
kaméla, pl. bakamela (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
camel
kamela
kamela
src : google images
tags :
díkálá, pl. badikala (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
dígalá
giraffe
dikala
dikala
src : google images
dikala
dikala
src : google images
tags :
kángú
kángá, pl. bakanga (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
kángé
rhino
rhino
rhino
src : google images
rhino
rhino
src : google images
kanga
kanga
© pvh
tags :
farása, pl. bafarasa (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
more 'noble' word than mpunda, so to indicate a horse.
farasa, (mpunda)
farasa, (mpunda)
© brothersoft
see also : mpúnda
tags :
other words with the tag 'loan word: arabic' : farása
lipiká
earth-worm
ver de terre
ver de terre
src : google images
synonymes : mpambo
see also : mutshopi
tags :
mpambo
synonymes : lipiká
tags :
kwódo, pl. bakwodo (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
large toad
synonymes : ligóródó
tags :
ligbólóló
synonymes : ligóródó
tags :
mombemba
frog
frog
frog
src : google images
synonymes : dádádá, lilúku
tags :
dádádá
synonymes : mombemba
tags :
lilúku
synonymes : mombemba
tags :
ndôngê, pl. bandonge (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mondôngê
termite
termite
termite
src : google images
tags :
mbómbóli, pl. bambomboli (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
mpómbóli, pl. bampomboli (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
synonymes : lipekápeka
derived from : kobómba
tags :
kosákosá, pl. bakosakosa (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
shrimp, prawn
kosakosa
kosakosa
© pvh
kosakosa
kosakosa
© pvh (resource)
tags :
libongo, pl. mabongo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Heterobranchus

clarias
airbreathing sort of catfish (ngolo)
mabongo
mabongo
src : google images
mabongo
mabongo
src : google images
mabongo
mabongo
src : google images
mabongo
mabongo
src : google images
tags :
nkusú, pl. bankusu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
monkusú, pl. minkusu (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
maggot
asticot
asticot
src : google images
asticot
asticot
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
Mbisi oyo epoli. Bankusu batondi na kati.
That fish is rotten. Maggots are swarm inside.
mpate, pl. bampate (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
mpatá, pl. bampata (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
pate
sheep


context : church
believer
mouton
mouton
src : google images
synonymes : mémé
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
mpate ya mwasi
ewe (female of sheep)
other words with the tag 'church' : abé, altáre, anjelu, apóstolo, avénti, mondimi, batísimu, bibele, bosántu, bosáto, ékelézya, eklézia, elikia, elikya, elónga, etónga, eyamba, kindoki, kristo, likámwisi, lingómbá, lokúmú, losámbo, molimo, mopakano, mosántu, ndoki, ngolu, nguya, nzámbe, óstia, pápa, proféta, sángó, sutáni, zábolo, kosandjola, kopambola, kobonda, lisúmu, eklézya, kobenisa, mosumuki, moseniele, kosamba, mopagano, mokristo, mobíkisi, misioni, mísa, masiya, libóndeli, batísimo, lisúmá, liyangani, mamélo, yesu, molema, molimu, likámuisi, moniango, monzemba, mpúngú, lífelo, nkémbo, lóla, bondoki, pasitele, bondimi, mpate, mumpe, Yawé, yézu, moklísto, kembo, zábulu, mosánto, Yaweh, pasta, kosanjola, lipamboli, elikiya, konétola, likámwa, likámua, ekelézia, kristu, mpatá, mobáteli, monzimi, konétolo, etumbele, ndákonzámbe, tempélo, lisanjoli, Yahweh, mokangoli, likámoa, likamóisi
esele
squirrel
ecureuil
ecureuil
src : google images
ecureuil
ecureuil
src : google images
tags :
kimpiatu
caterpillar, silkworm
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
nazolia kimpiatu.
I'm eating caterpillars.
likokolo
to palm, to plant for
tags :
likuanganzala, pl. makuanganzala (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
likwanganzála, pl. makwanganzala (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Mantis religiosa

praying mantis
tags :
limeme
Sheep, sheep, lamb
tags :
mantekita
species of red ants
tags :
mfuenge
fox
fox
fox
src : google images
tags :
mpakása, pl. bampakasa (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
pakása, pl. bapakasa (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)sonorous consonant
buffalo
synonymes : nzálé
tags :
mutshopi, pl. mitshopi (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
mosopi, pl. misopi (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
earthworm
intestinal worm, roundworm
ver de terre
ver de terre
src : google images
see also : mutshopo, lipiká, mosopó
tags :
ndakála, pl. bandakala (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Stolothrissa tanganyicae / Limnothrissa miodon

species of small freshwater fish
found only in the tanganyika lake

lives in abundance where the depth is over 100m and
comes to the surface at night. The fishermen lure the schools of ndakala
with light to their boat and then just have to scoop them up with their scoop net (lusenga)
ndakala
ndakala
© pvh
tags :
ntámbwe, pl. bantambwe (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
lion
synonymes : nkosi, nkósi
tags :
mondonga, pl. mindonga (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
scientific name : Okapia johnstoni

Okapi

Of the same family as the giraffe, it looks like a striped antelope.
In nature, the okapi lives exclusively
in the tropical forest of Ituri in the nord east of the DRC,
in a reserve dedicated to them.
okapi
okapi
src : Zoo d'Anvers
okapi
okapi
src : google images
okapi
okapi
src : google images
tags :
sonzo
mósónzo, pl. misonzo (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
monsonzo, pl. minsonzo (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)sonorous consonant
nsonzosonorous consonant
leech
sonzo
sonzo
src : google images
tags :
tshaku
shakú, pl. bashaku (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : psittacus erithacus

parrot
nkoso, shaku
nkoso, shaku
src : google images
synonymes : nkoso
tags :
kinsekua
kinsekwa
Heteroptera (bedbug, waterbug,...)
parasite
kinsekua
kinsekua
src : google images
kinsekua
kinsekua
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
semeki kinsekua
parasite brother in law (sponger, taking advantage)
libúndú, pl. mabundu (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Sparus Aurata / tilapia spp

The gilt-head (sea)bream
Dorade Royale
it's sometimes called the red tilapia
species of fish


attention
"mabundu" also exists in other languages like Kikongo and Ciluba (dibundu/mabundu) :
- group (réligious, political,...)
- the fruit the Strychnos tree (Spine-leaved monkey-orange) (that contains the poison strychnine, (but edible after put in water?), looks like a mixture of an ognion and an orange)



libundu (Sparus Aurata)
libundu (Sparus Aurata)
© Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0
mabundu (Strychnos - fruit)
mabundu (Strychnos - fruit)
© JMK
tags :
mokondó, pl. mikondo (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
tail
synonymes : mokila
tags :
lilangwá, pl. malangwa (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
lilangua, pl. malangua (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Eutropius grenfelli

pangasius
species of freshwater fish
malangwa
malangwa
© pvh
malangwa
malangwa
src : google images
malangwa
malangwa
src : google images
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
liboke ya malangwa
papillote (pouch) of pangasius (congolese delicacy)
mpíodi, pl. bampiodi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Trachurus

jack mackerel fish
see also : thomson, tomson, thompson
tags :
saladini
Sardines
sardines
sardines
src : google images
see also : séléngé
tags :
thomson
tomson
thompson
scientific name : Trachurus murphyi


this is no lingala


horse mackerel (fish)

voir mpiodi
see also : mpíodi
tags :
item 2 examples (bandakisa míbalé) ...
mbwa moto alie tomson na yo.
It's the dog who ate your tomson.
miso lokola tomson
eyes like a mackerel.
mpose
scientific name : Paysandisia Archon

large whitish caterpillar
the larva of a palm-moth. maggot-like and feeds in the stems and trunks of palms
mpose
mpose
© pvh
lipekapeka ya mpose
lipekapeka ya mpose
© pvh
bomoyi ya mpose
bomoyi ya mpose
© pvh
mpose
mpose
© pvh
mpose
mpose
© pvh
kamundele ya mpose
kamundele ya mpose
src : google images
see also : mbínzó
tags :
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
nzete ya mbila epesaka nsamba, mafuta mbila na mpose.
The palmtree provides palmwine, palmoil and the mpose.
likolo, pl. makolo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
scientific name : Osteolaemus tetraspis

dwarf crocodile

link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_crocodile
likolo
likolo
© Adrian Pingstone
tags :
elandela, pl. bilandela (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
reptile
crawling animal
derived from : kolanda
tags :
mbéngé, pl. bambenge (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
antelope
tags :
mpóka, pl. bampoka (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Auchenoglanis occidentalis

giraffe catfish, an African catfish
mpoka
mpoka
© suephoto
mpoka
mpoka
© Luc de Vos
mpoka
mpoka
src : grosvenor-tropicals
tags :
nkotó, pl. bankoto (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Opisthacanthus africanus

African scorpion
tags :
elulu, pl. bilulu (class 7/8 : e- / bi-)
scientific name : lonchura bicolor

sort of small bird (black-and-white mannikin or black-and-white munia)
tags :
kapíténe, pl. bakapitene (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
kapíténe, pl. bakapitene (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
Captain (of a ship, in the army,...)

sort of fish (see malwa)
see also : nzabí, malwa
tags :
yángánga, pl. bayanganga (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
scientific name : corvus albus
black and white raven
yanganga
yanganga
© Frank Vassen
tags :
malebo, pl. bamalebo (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
stork
malebo
malebo
© pvh
see also : lilebó
tags :
samáki, pl. basamaki (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
fish (swahili)
tags :
other words with the tag 'loan word: swahili' : matatá, barúa, samáki, bwana, ujana
longonya
Cameleon
tags :
litaká, pl. mataka (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
tadpole
mataka
mataka
src : google images
tags :
likónko, pl. makonko (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
small criquet
see also : libanki
tags :
nkéma, pl. bankema (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
ape
see also : makaku
tags :
mokele-mbembe
mokelembembe
"one who stops the flow of rivers"

a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore

comparable to the Loch Ness monster


link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokele-mbembe
Mokele-Mbembe
Mokele-Mbembe
src : Google Books - Rick Emmer
Drums Along the Congo - On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe
Drums Along the Congo - On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe
src : google images
A Living Dinosaur ? In search of Mokele-Mbembe
A Living Dinosaur ? In search of Mokele-Mbembe
src : Amazon - Dr Roy P. Mackal
Mokele-Mbembe
Mokele-Mbembe
© Michel Ballot
tags :
mpóngó, pl. bampongo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
large eagle
see also : engondó
tags :
séléngé, pl. baselenge (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
small/young fish
sardine
see also : saladini
tags :
mbadi, pl. bambadi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))
scientific name : Petrodromus tetradactylus

four-toed elephant shrew

Small insect eating mammal. Its mouth ends in a mobile trump,
its ears are relatively big. It is considered as very intelligent
and features in many fables where it plays the role of the wise animal.
mbadi
mbadi
© Galen B. Rathbun
tags :
púsu, pl. bapusu (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
cat, pussy
niaou
niaou
src : google images
tags :
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