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gumbo-limbo

[guhm-boh-lim-boh] /ˈgʌm boʊˈlɪm boʊ/
noun, plural gumbo-limbos.
1.
a tropical American tree, Bursera simaruba, having reddish bark and yielding a sweet, aromatic resin used in varnishes.
Also called gum elemi.
Origin of gumbo-limbo
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; of uncertain origin
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