[ bur-goo, bur-goo ]
/ ˈbɜr gu, bɜrˈgu /
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noun, plural bur·goos for 2b.
a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
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.
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Origin of burgoo

1735–45; perhaps ultimately <Arabic burghul, burghūl cracked wheat (see bulgur), though immediate source is uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for burgoo

/ (ˈbɜːɡuː, bɜːˈɡuː) /

noun plural -goos
nautical slang porridge
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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