gumbo

Gumbo is a Louisiana Creole stew that's thick and spicy, usually containing shellfish and sausage and served over rice. When you're visiting New Orleans, you should definitely try some gumbo.

One of gumbo's traditional thickeners is the vegetable called okra, which is sometimes also called gumbo, from the Angolan word kingombo. The ingredients of an authentic gumbo can vary a lot, though it almost always starts with celery, onions, and peppers and flavorful stock. From there, it needs a thickener (either a roux or cooked okra), spices, and meat or shellfish. Gumbo is the official food of the state of Louisiana.

Primary Meanings of gumbo

1.
n
a soup or stew thickened with okra pods
2.
n
any of various fine-grained silty soils that become waxy and very sticky mud when saturated with water
3.
n
tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus
Full Definitions of gumbo
1

n a soup or stew thickened with okra pods

Type of:
soup
liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food

n long mucilaginous green pods; may be simmered or sauteed but used especially in soups and stews

Synonyms:
okra
Type of:
veg, vegetable, veggie
edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
2

n any of various fine-grained silty soils that become waxy and very sticky mud when saturated with water

Synonyms:
gumbo soil
Type of:
dirt, soil
the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
3

n tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus

Synonyms:
Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus, lady's-finger, okra, okra plant
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

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