Tonga

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Tonga the language of the Tongan people of south central Africa (Zambia and Rhodesia)
    • n Tonga a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Pacific island of Tonga once issued a stamp that was banana shaped
    • n Tonga (Med) A drug useful in neuralgia, derived from a Fijian plant supposed to be of the aroid genus Epipremnum.
    • n Tonga A kind of light two-wheeled vehicle, usually for four persons, drawn by ponies or bullocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The country of Tonga once issued a stamp shaped like a banana.
    • n Tonga A mixture of several barks said to consist principally of Premna Taitensis and Epiprennum mirabile: used by the Fiji Islanders as an antineuralgic. It has been introduced into the United States.
    • n Tonga A light two-wheeled vehicle with wooden axletrees, drawn by ponies or oxen, and much used on the up-country roads in British India.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tonga tong′ga a light two-wheeled cart for four, in use in Burma.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. tāngā, Skr. tamaṅgaka,

Usage

In literature:

The complicated hierarchy of spiritual chiefs in Tonga was a continual puzzle to Cook.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Leaving this island, they steered for Amsterdam or Tonga Taboo.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
British treaty with Tonga chiefs, in which they undertook not to make treaties with any other power.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The Tonga Islands are nominally independent, but are practically a British protectorate.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Now, I've never yet met a Kanaka who could show me anything, and I've been to Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
Well, he's done for me, and Tommy Tonga for him, and that's all you've got to say about that.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
The Indians believe that by drinking the tonga they are brought into communication with the spirits of their forefathers.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
MARINER, W. Tonga Islands (London, 1817).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Anywhere from Tonga to the Admiralty Isles, he knew the ropes and could lie in the native dialect.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I believe I should have got my facts before the end of January, when I shall make for Tonga or Fiji.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In news:

Former BYU fullback Manase Tonga has chance to turn his NFL dream into reality.
NFL Star Thrown From Truck During Dispute with Fiancee Loleini Tonga , Say Cops.
In an era of crumbling institutions, rampant greed, and change for the hell of it, the all-but-certain demise of the Tonga Room may be the saddest slap at historical preservation to date.
Fans rally to Tonga Room's defense.
Find Manase Tonga news, scores, and stats at SIKIDS.com.
Junior World Rugby Trophy — Tonga v Chile.
Junior World Rugby Trophy — USA v Tonga .
USA beat Tonga 22 -11 on June 18, 2012.
Having spent months in Tonga , I'm not entirely surprised by the latest videos of Nuku'alofa in flames.
The King of Tonga has died in New Zealand, according to Matangi Tonga .
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene.
Kiwi, British man cling to yacht near Tonga.
Corpse , cocaine found on shipwrecked boat in Tonga.
Tucson News NowCorpse, cocaine found on shipwrecked boat in Tonga.
Tonga's Rugby World Cup Hopes Fade as It Falls to 0-2.
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