noun cal·la·loo \ˌka-lə-ˈlü, ˈka-lə-ˌ\

Definition of callaloo

  1. 1 :  the edible young green leaves of a plant (such as taro or a member of the genus Xanthosoma) of the arum family used as greens

  2. 2 :  a soup or stew made with greens, onions, and crabmeat or pork

Origin and Etymology of callaloo

Caribbean English, perhaps ultimately of African origin; akin to Caribbean Spanish calalú callaloo (greens and dish), Brazilian Portuguese carurú, Haitian Creole kalalou okra

First Known Use: 1696

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