mongo

(MAWNG.goh)
n.
Objects retrieved from the garbage.
Example Citations:
The most surprising mongo hunter is Iver Iversen, an expert in historical restoration who spends a good portion of his free time climbing into dumpsters parked outside Upper East Side town houses under renovation. One of his greatest finds was a frosted-glass pantry door on the curb in front of Jacqueline Onassis's apartment shortly after her death.
— Thomas Jackson, "Midex media," Forbes, May 24, 2004
After moving to New York in the 1990s and furnishing his apartment with bounty from the city streets, the author discovered he wasn't the first or only enterprising scavenger around. In this entertaining narrative, Botha (Apartheid in My Rucksack) delves into a world of avid collectors who forage New York's garbage for everything from empty soda cans and leftover sushi to old coins and first editions. These treasures even have a distinct name — mongo — ... Botha explains. Each chapter examines a different category of mongo seeker, from pack rats and preservationists to voyeurs and visionaries, whom Botha befriends and accompanies on their mostly nocturnal routes.
— "Mongo: Adventures in Trash," Publishers Weekly Reviews, May 3, 2004
Earliest Citation:
Other exhibits at the gallery were a 1,500-square-foot transparent map showing the locations of Sanitation Department offices; three piles of televisions on which videotapes of sanitation workers were shown, and an old, department-section office furnished in ''mongo,'' discarded furniture salvaged by sanitation men.
— James Brooke, "Sanitation art showings brighten workers' image," The New York Times, September 10, 1984
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  • mongo — MÓNGO s.m. Monedă divizionară în Mongolia, valorând a suta parte dintr un tugrik. [pl. os. / < germ. Mongo < cuv. mongol]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 14.06.2005. Sursa: DN  MÓNGO s. m. monedă divizionară în Mongolia, a suta parte dintr un… …   Dicționar Român

  • mongo — (Vigna mungo) m. Cierta legumbre de Filipinas, de forma de judía, pero de tamaño y sabor de lenteja. ⇒ *Planta. * * * mongo1. (Quizá del lat. monăchus, monje; cf. cat. mongeta, alubia). m. Especie de judía cuya semilla es más pequeña que una… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • mongo — [mäŋ′gō] n. pl. mongos a monetary unit of Mongolia, equal to 1/ 100 of a tugrik …   English World dictionary

  • mongo — mongo1 /mong goh/, n., pl. mongos. mungo. Also, mongoe. mongo2 /mong goh/, n., pl. mongo, mongos. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of the Mongolian People s Republic, the 100th part of a tugrik. [ < Mod. Mongolian möngö lit., silver, money] * * …   Universalium

  • Mongo — /mong goh/, n. 1. a member of any of various agricultural peoples of the central Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2. the Bantu language of the Mongo peoples. * * * Any of several peoples living in the African equatorial forest. They speak a… …   Universalium

  • Mongo — El término mongo puede referirse a: Mongo: centésima parte del tugrik mongol. Parque Natural del Macizo del Montgó; Mongo Santamaría, conguero cubano; Monguito Santamaría, pianista cubano de soul y salsa; Monguito, cantante cubano de son y salsa …   Wikipedia Español

  • mongo — noun (plural mongo) Etymology: Mongolian möngö Date: 1935 see tugrik at money table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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