1 of 2

noun (1)

capitalized : a genus of anthropoid apes comprising the orangutans
plural -s : an anthropoid ape
especially : orangutan


2 of 2

noun (2)

plural -s
: a canyon or gorge in South America especially cutting through a ridge or mountain range

Word History


Noun (1)

New Latin, from Kongo mpongi, mpungu

Noun (2)

American Spanish, from Quechua puncu door

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near pongo

Cite this Entry

“Pongo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pongo. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!