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  1. a dish of Creole origin, consisting of rice cooked with ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers.
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Origin of jambalaya

1740–50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin
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  1. a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc
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Word Origin for jambalaya

C19: from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia chicken and rice stew
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Word Origin and History for jambalaya


1872, from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia "stew of rice and fowl."

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