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gumbo

[guhm-boh]
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noun, plural gum·bos.
  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.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or like gumbo.
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Origin of gumbo

1795–1805, Americanism; < Louisiana French gombo, gumbo < a Bantu language; compare Umbundu ochinggombo, Luba chinggombo okra

Gumbo

[guhm-boh]
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

gombo

noun plural -bos US and Canadian
  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
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Word Origin

C19: from Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin

Gumbo

noun
  1. (sometimes not capital) a French patois spoken by Creoles in Louisiana and the Caribbean
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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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