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[sluhm-guhl-yuh n, sluhm-guhl-]
  1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
  2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
  3. the refuse from processing whale carcasses.
  4. a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices.
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Origin of slumgullion

1840–50, Americanism; compare Scots, Hiberno-English gullion quagmire, cesspool
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Historical Examples of slumgullion

  • We could not eat the bread or the meat, or drink the 10 "slumgullion."

    Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year

    E.C. Hartwell

  • We could not eat the bread or the meat, nor drink the "slumgullion."

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Sorter clears him out, you know, of all the slumgullion that's in him.

  • With a mocking gurgle, about a dram of “slumgullion” passed into his mouth.

    The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch

    Henry Wallace Phillips

  • “I would have dreamed about turkey dinners and slumgullion and fudge,” said Slim, spearing his fourth potato.

British Dictionary definitions for slumgullion


noun US and Canadian
  1. slang an inexpensive stew
  2. offal, esp the refuse from whale blubber
  3. a reddish mud deposited in mine sluices
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Word Origin for slumgullion

C19: from slum in US sense slime + gullion, perhaps variant of cullion testicles
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