(uncountable) A fine siltysoil that when wet becomes very thick and heavy.
Origin of gumbo
From Bantungombo, kingombo (“okra plant”), possibly via Gullah. Cognate to Portuguesequiabo, Caribbean Spanishguingambó, and cognates in other Romance languages.
In various parts of the west are small tracts of so-called gumbo " soil; they are due to the Pierre shale, are poorly drained and characteristically alkaline.
Springtime on the Bayou--Includes cruising in the heart of Cajun country in Louisiana and sampling popular local dishes such as gumbo, crawfish pie, and jambalaya.
The larger valleys of the Black Hills district contain fertile alluvial deposits washed from the neighbouring highlands, but in the plains adjoining these mountains the soils consist of a stiff gumbo suitable only for pasture land.
The gumbo with steamed mussels and vegetables is popular, as is the spicy tuna tartare.
In the meantime, revel in the glory of gumbo with andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp, served over mounds of white fluffy rice.