gumbo

gumbo

[guhm-boh]
noun, plural gumbos.
1.
a stew or thick soup, usually made with chicken or seafood, greens, and okra or sometimes filé as a thickener.
2.
3.
soil that becomes sticky and nonporous when wet.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or like gumbo.

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

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Gumbo

[guhm-boh]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
a French patois spoken by blacks and Creoles in Louisiana and the French West Indies.
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gumbo or gombo (ˈɡʌmbəʊ)
 
n , pl -bos
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
 
[C19: from Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin]
 
gombo or gombo
 
n
 
[C19: from Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin]

Gumbo (ˈɡʌmbəʊ)
 
n
(sometimes not capital) a French patois spoken by Creoles in Louisiana and the Caribbean
 
[see gumbo]

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gumbo
1805, from Louisiana Fr., probably ult. from Central Bantu dialect (cf. Mbundu ngombo "okra").
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