Of unclear origin. Apparently from the dialectal term burgood (“yeast”). Perhaps ultimately from Welsh burym (“yeast”) + cawl (“cabbage, gruel”), or perhaps from Arabic.
burgoo (countable and uncountable, plural burgoos)
- (nautical) A dish which originated among seafarers during the days of sail: a sort of porridge seasoned with sugar, salt and butter.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 burgoo in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ^ “burgoo” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.