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  1. An enclosure usually made of thorn bushes, and latterly of steel fencing, for protection from marauders.
    • “Orders had been given for the enterance to the boma to be blocked up, and accordingly we listened in the expectation of hearing the lion force his way through the bushes with his prey. As a matter of fact the doorway had not been closed and while we were wondering what the lion could be doing inside the boma for so long, he was outside reconnoitering our position. J H Patterson The Man Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures Kessinger Publishing 2004. p.17
    • “1993.Carrying the hot water kettle, Mark follows the footpath through the dark camp to the boma. Surrounded by tall grass the boma is a three-sided structure of sticks and reeds standing at the edge of Marula Puku. Cordelia Dykes Owens The Eye of the Elephant Houghton Mifflin Books ISBN 0395680905. P91.
    • 2003“Recent replacement of rolled mesh with bomas made of portable, flexible reinforced mesh panels have nearly eliminated predation. People and Wildlife, Conflict Or Co-existence? Rosie Woodroffe, Simon Thirgood, Alan Rabinowitz. Cambridge University Press P298.
  2. A stockade made of bushes and thorns.
    • 2003 “the area has three main groups. The Wamasi and Waarushaare still settled on the boma system where the clan settle in one cluster called a boma comprised of several houses enclosed in a fence leaving the centre open for keeping livestock. Harold Brookfield, Helen Parsons, Muriel Brookfield Agrodiversity United Nations University Press p108.
  3. A hide.
    • 1922“You try to arrange the scene so the moonlight will be on the bait with a clear background against which the lion will show up. You pile as much fresh brush as you can on your thicket or boma, as the hiding place is called, for the lion can see as well by day as by night. Mary Hastings Bradley. On the Gorilla trail. Quoted in Heart Shots: Women write about hunting. Editor Mary Zeiss Stange Stackpole Books. p. 182
  4. A hut.
    • 2004 “The exotic beauty of our Masaailand is a marvel to our creator, she thought as she stepped back into her boma, a typical Masaai hut built with grass, dry sticks and twigs and covered with cow dung for insulation. Jacyee Aniagolu-Johnson Mikela. iUniverse. p.3
  5. (East African) A military or police post or magistracy.
    • Muyumbwe boma needs police post By A Correspondent. Gwembe district police officer-in-charge Adams Gondwe has appealed to Government to put up a police post in Muyumbwe boma to replace one that was washed away by floods last year. News report.
  6. A type of fertilizer rich in animal dung.
    • The cattle are usually corralled overnight which enables farmers to collect farmyard or boma manure
  7. A method of composting.
    • The boma method is used on farms where there are animals which are kept in enclosures where droppings are concentrated.

See also

Extensive Definition

Boma or BOMA may refer to:
  • Boma, Congo a port city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was a former capital of the Belgian Congo.
  • Boma, Ghana a town in Ghana
  • Boma (enclosure), a rural fortress or livestock pen in eastern and southern Africa, from which meaning it was used for government offices in British colonies
  • Boma (restaurant), a restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Borma, a character in the science fiction manga Ghost in the Shell (sometimes spelled Boma)

See also

boma in French: Boma (homonymie)
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