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 (bûr′go͞o′, bər-go͞o′)
n. pl. bur·goos
1. New England Any of several thick stews, originally an oatmeal porridge.
2. Chiefly Kentucky & Southern Illinois
a. A spicy stew made of poultry, game, other meats, and vegetables, usually cooked outdoors.
b. A picnic featuring such a stew.

[Perhaps alteration of ragout.]
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(ˈbɜːɡuː; bɜːˈɡuː)
n, pl -goos
1. (Cookery) nautical slang porridge
2. (Cookery)
a. a thick highly seasoned soup or stew of meat and vegetables
b. a picnic or gathering at which such soup is served
[C18: perhaps from Arabic burghul crushed grain]
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(ˈbɜr gu, bɜrˈgu)

n., pl. -goos.
a. a highly seasoned stew made with a variety of meats and vegetables.
b. a picnic or other gathering, esp. in the southern U.S., at which this is served.
2. a thick oatmeal porridge.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burgoo - porridge made of rolled oatsburgoo - porridge made of rolled oats  
porridge - soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick
2.burgoo - a gathering at which burgoo stew is served
cookout - an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors
3.burgoo - thick spicy stew of whatever meat and whatever vegetables are available; southern United States
stew - food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
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We was off Minot's Ledge wid a northeaster, butt first, atop of us, thicker'n burgoo. The ould man was dhrunk, his chin waggin' on the tiller, an' I sez to myself, 'If iver I stick my boat-huk into T-wharf again, I'll show the saints fwhat manner o' craft they saved me out av.' Now, I'm here, as ye can well see, an' the model of the dhirty ould Kathleen, that took me a month to make, I gave ut to the priest, an' he hung Ut up forninst the altar.
In the canteen, Kentucky Burgoos are going for EUR4 and the special of the day, chicken etouffee, for EUR7.50.