Definition of gumbo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈgʌmbəʊ

noun (plural gumbos)

[mass noun]
  • 1North American Okra, especially the gelatinous pods used in cooking.
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    • Call it gumbo, bamya, lady's fingers, bhindi, quingombo or a half-dozen other names, okra is an annual vegetable usually thought of as a Southern plant.
  • 1.1(In Cajun cooking) a spicy chicken or seafood soup thickened typically with okra or rice.
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    • This Aberdonian favourite specialises in seafood recipes from around the world - gumbos, chowders, fishcakes, the works - using every imaginable fresh Scottish seafood, including halibut, sole, wolf fish, turbot, lobster and crab.
    • Madame tried both the chicken and fish gumbos and remarked on the totally different tastes that the Cajun cuisine could produce in them.
    • The common basis of all gumbos is the roux, a roughly equal combination of flour and fat cooked until very nearly burnt; it is the dark smoky roux that gives the gumbo its colour and flavour.
  • 2 (Gumbo) A French-based patois spoken by some blacks and Creoles in Louisiana.
  • 3North American A fine clayey soil that becomes sticky and impervious when wet.
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    • A high pressure front carries dark clouds, and we risk becoming mired in gumbo if the weather doesn't hold up.
    • For a place so famous for its roads, Chaco is connected to the modern world tenuously at best: The only access is over washboard dirt roads that can turn to gumbo after a storm.
    • We slogged around looking for suicidal prairie dogs and learned that hills and gumbo can overcome the best four-wheel drive trucks.
  • 4A type of Cajun music consisting of a lively blend of styles and sounds: New Orleans syncopated gumbo
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    • All it is is a gumbo of different musical styles that I like and mixed up and thrown together.
    • Using the musical traditions of Quebec as their starting point, they bolt on jazz, Cajun and even Latin influences to create an infectious gumbo of sounds and rhythms.
    • With the tracks largely bereft of melody or theme, Villalobos dives ever more deeply into percussive gumbo and leaves accessible hooks behind.


early 19th century: from the Angolan word kingombo 'okra'.

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