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Of unclear origin. Apparently from the dialectal term burgood (“yeast”).
- Perhaps ultimately from Welsh burym (“yeast”) + cawl (“cabbage, gruel”),
- Or perhaps from Arabic بُرْغُل (burḡul).
- Or, from an alteration of ragout.
- (nautical) A dish which originated among seafarers during the days of sail: a sort of porridge seasoned with sugar, salt and butter.
- A spicy stew, typically made with a combination of meats and vegetables, and often served with cornbread or corn muffins.