[bur-goo, bur-goo]
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noun, plural bur·goos for 2b.
  1. a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
  2. Chiefly Kentucky and Tennessee.
    1. a thick, highly seasoned soup or stew, usually made of chicken or small game and corn, tomatoes, and onions.
    2. a picnic or other gathering at which burgoo is served.

Origin of burgoo

1735–45; perhaps ultimately < Arabic burghul, burghūl cracked wheat (see bulgur), though immediate source is uncertain
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noun plural -goos
  1. nautical slang porridge
  2. Southern US
    1. a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
    2. a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served

Word Origin for burgoo

C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain
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