gumbo-limbo

noun

gum·​bo-lim·​bo ˌgəm-bō-ˈlim-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce gumbo-limbo (audio)
: a tree (Bursera simaruba of the family Burseraceae) of southern Florida and the American tropics that has a smooth coppery bark and supplies a reddish resin used locally in cements and varnishes

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First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gumbo-limbo was in 1837

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“Gumbo-limbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gumbo-limbo. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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