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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gum"bo
  1. A soup thickened with the mucilaginous pods of the okra; okra soup.Especially,A thick stew made with chicken (chicken gumbo), or seafood (seafood gumbo), thickened with okra or file, and also containing greens and often hot spices; it is particularly popular in Louisiana.
  2. The okra plant or its pods.

Etymology: Written also gombo

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  1. A soup or stew thickened with okra pods
  2. Long mucilaginous green pods; may be simmered or sauteed but used especially in soups and stews
  3. 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
  4. Any of various fine-grained silty soils that become waxy and very sticky mud when saturated with water

From Bantu ngombo, kingombo (“okra plant”), possibly via Gullah. Cognate to Portuguese quiabo, Caribbean Spanish guingambó, and cognates in other Romance languages.

  1. (countable) The okra plant or its pods.
  2. (uncountable) A soup or stew made with okra.
  3. (uncountable) A fine silty soil that when wet becomes very thick and heavy.

gumbo was also found in the following language(s): Kalanga

Notable Persons With the Last Name Gumbo

Rugare Gumbo is a Minister of Agriculture. Rugare was born on March 8th, 1940 in Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.


Nicolas was born in 1965.


Rahman Gumbo is an athlete for the Gaborone United S.C. Rahman was born on November 18th, 1963.


Rashid Gumbo is an athlete for the Young Africans S.C., Mtibwa Sugar F.C., African Lyon F.C., Simba S.C., and Tanzania national football team. Rashid was born on October 14th, 1988 in Dar es Salaam.



Rashid Chidi Gumbo is an athlete for the African Lyon F.C.


Fun Facts about the name Gumbo

  • When was the first name Gumbo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gumbo is Sunday, May 31st, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Gumbo? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gumbo. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Gumbo: Your name in reverse order is Obmug. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bogum. How do you pronounce that?

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