Definition of songololo in English:

songololo

(also shongololo)

nounsongololos

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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

songololo

/ˌsɒŋɡɒˈlɒlɒ/