n 1: any of various fine-grained silty soils that become waxy and very sticky mud when saturated with water [syn: gumbo, gumbo soil] 2: 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 [syn: okra, gumbo, okra plant, lady's-finger, Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus] 3: long mucilaginous green pods; may be simmered or sauteed but used especially in soups and stews [syn: gumbo, okra] 4: a soup or stew thickened with okra pods
I. noun (pluralgumbos) Etymology: American French gombo, of Bantu origin; akin to Umbundu ochingg˘mbo okra Date: 1805 1. a soup thickened with okra pods or filÚ and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables 2.okra 1 3.a. any of various fine-grained silty soils especially of the central United States that when wet become impervious and soapy or waxy and very sticky b. a heavy sticky mud 4.mixture, melange Ľ gumboadjectiveII. nounUsage: often capitalized Etymology: American French gombo, perhaps from Kongo nk˘mb˘ runaway slave Date: 1838 creole 4a
In soil science, any of various fine-grained, rich, black, alluvial soils, especially of the central U.S., that when wet become impenetrable and soapy or waxy and very sticky. When dried, gumbo "bakes" and becomes extremely hard.
(gumbos) 1. Gumbo is a type of soup or stew from the southern United States. It can be made with meat or fish, and usually contains okra. N-VAR 2. In parts of the United States, gumbo is another name for okra.