: a meat stew
On Monday nights at the mess hall, the enlisted men and women could expect a meal of slumgullion made from the previous weeks leftovers.
Did You Know?
"Slumgullion" may not sound like the most appetizing name for a dish, but thats part of its charm. The words etymology doesnt do it any favors: "slumgullion" is believed to be derived from "slum," an old word for "slime," and "gullion," an English dialectical term for "mud" or "cesspool." The earliest recorded usage of "slumgullion," in Mark Twains Roughing It (1872), refers not to a stew but a beverage. The sense referring to the stew debuted about two decades later, and while there is no consensus on exactly what kinds of ingredients are found in it, thats the "slumgullion" that lives on today.
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