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a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors.
Chiefly Kentucky and Tennessee.

a thick, highly seasoned soup or stew, usually made of chicken or small game and corn, tomatoes, and onions.
a picnic or other gathering at which burgoo is served.

Historical Examples

Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft Dan Beard
The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft Dan Beard
Snarleyyow Captain Frederick Marryat
“Captains Courageous” Rudyard Kipling
The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft Dan Beard
Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
In Clive’s Command Herbert Strang
Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker

noun (pl) -goos
(nautical, slang) porridge
(Southern US)

a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served


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