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gumbo

[guhm-boh] /ˈgʌm boʊ/
noun, plural gumbos.
1.
a stew or thick soup, usually made with chicken or seafood, greens, and okra or sometimes filé as a thickener.
2.
okra.
3.
soil that becomes sticky and nonporous when wet.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or like gumbo.
Origin of gumbo
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; < Louisiana French gombo, gumbo < a Bantu language; compare Umbundu ochinggombo, Luba chinggombo okra

Gumbo

[guhm-boh] /ˈgʌm boʊ/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
a French patois spoken by blacks and Creoles in Louisiana and the French West Indies.
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  • And Thackeray's picture of gumbo carrying in the soup tureen!

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • When cattle get into gumbo, the farmers send for the stump-dynamite and try blasting.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • They will then be good (with the addition of tomata paste) to boil in soup or gumbo.

  • In the northern counties it is found in "gumbo" soils in swamps.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • I prefer hilltop, north slope, soil as deep as possible, and a gumbo subsoil.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for gumbo

gumbo

/ˈɡʌmbəʊ/
noun (US & Canadian) (pl) -bos
1.
the mucilaginous pods of okra
2.
another name for okra
3.
a soup or stew thickened with okra pods
4.
a fine soil in the W prairies that becomes muddy when wet
Word Origin
C19: from Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin

Gumbo

/ˈɡʌmbəʊ/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) a French patois spoken by Creoles in Louisiana and the Caribbean
Word Origin
see gumbo
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Word Origin and History for gumbo

1805, from Louisiana French, probably ultimately from Central Bantu dialect (cf. Mbundu ngombo "okra").

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