n. pl. gum·bos
1. Chiefly Southern US See okra.
2. A soup or stew thickened with okra pods. Also called okra.
3. Chiefly Mississippi Valley & Western US A fine silty soil, common in the southern and western United States, that forms an unusually sticky mud when wet.
4. Gumbo A French patois spoken by some black people and Creoles in Louisiana and the French West Indies.
[Louisiana French gombo, of Bantu origin; akin to Tshiluba ki-ngumbo, okra.]
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