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[muhl-i-guh-taw-nee] /ˌmʌl ɪ gəˈtɔ ni/
a curry-flavored soup of East Indian origin, made with chicken or meat stock.
Origin of mulligatawny
First recorded in 1775-85, mulligatawny is from the Tamil word miḷakutaṇṇīr literally, pepper water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Indeed, English epicures use it in preference for mulligatawny.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • But it was the bishop that put his foot in the mulligatawny first.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • Then she could smile thanks at him over the mulligatawny soup, or the filet of sole, or the boiled mutton, or the apple tart.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • mulligatawny soup and tinned lobster will not bring you the favor of the woodlanders.

  • mulligatawny soup; fillet steak with mushroom ketchup; baked batter pudding.

  • It was a quarrelsome Company; a dragoon Company; a Company of gentlemen accustomed to gunpowder, and fed on mulligatawny.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And now you jump on me because I didnt get mock-turtle soup instead of mulligatawny.

    The Eight-Oared Victors

    Lester Chadwick
  • mulligatawny soup and rice, cold lamb and mint sauce, sherry and beer.

  • I curse the cook who made the mulligatawny, but I forget that I ate two platefuls of it.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for mulligatawny


a curry-flavoured soup of Anglo-Indian origin, made with meat stock
Word Origin
C18: from Tamil milakutanni, from milaku pepper + tanni water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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