noun (1)
bum·​bo | \ ˈbəm(ˌ)bō \
variants: or less commonly bombo \ ˈbäm-​ \
plural -s

Definition of bumbo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic drink usually made with rum or gin, sugar, water, and sometimes spices


noun (2)
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plural -s

Definition of bumbo (Entry 2 of 2)

: a West African leguminous tree (Daniella thurifer) that is the chief West African source of copal and has a soft pleasant-scented and damp-resistant wood

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History and Etymology for bumbo

Noun (1)

perhaps from Italian (baby-talk) bombo drink, of imitative origin

Noun (2)

of West African origin; probably akin to Mende bogbo, a tree whose fruit is used for vegetable sauce

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“Bumbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumbo. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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