Meaning of songololo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɒŋɡɒˈlɒlɒ/

nounplural noun songololos

(also shongololo)
South African
  • A millipede which curls up into a pinwheel-shaped coil when disturbed.

    Julus terrestris, class Diplopoda

    ‘It's fun to speculate about a meal featuring beetle broth; locust wing hors d'oeuvres; spider pie entrée with fly fritters; main dish of worm Wellington, caterpillar dumplings and songololos julienne.’
    • ‘His concern is with songololos, especially after a downpour.’
    • ‘The sounds and sight of these sleek and powerful metallic songololos have become part of everyday life for the communities through whose land they pass.’


Early 20th century from Xhosa i-songololo, Zulu i-shongololo (from ukus(h)onga ‘roll up’).