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slumgullion (countable and uncountable, plural slumgullions)

  1. A stew of meat and vegetables.
    • 1981, Julian May, The Many-Colored Land
      “Say...if anybody cares, this vat of slumgullion is as ready as it will ever be.”
  2. A beverage made watery, such as weak coffee or tea.
  3. A reddish muddy deposit in mining sluices.
  4. A mixture of unrelated things, a jumble, a hodgepodge
    • 2018, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Emily Cochrane, "Shutdown Looms and Priorities Stack Up as Congress Races Toward Session’s End", The New York Times:
      Aides are tossing around metaphors to describe the means by which other bills could find their way into the spending package. The last train leaving the station. Final ornaments on the Christmas tree. "A big slumgullion of legislation," Mr. Whitehouse offered.
  5. A sperm whaleman's term, roughly equivalent to the right whaleman's "gurry" which, according to Herman Melville, "designates the dark, glutinous substance which is scraped off the back of the Greenland or Right Whale, and much of which covers the decks of those inferior souls who hunt that ignoble Leviathan."(Melville 323) Derivation for this term likely originates with the word "slobgollion" which is, according to Melville's Moby Dick, "an appellation original with the whaleman, and even so is the nature of the substance. It is an ineffably oozy, stringy affair, most frequently found in the tubs of sperm, after a prolonged squeezing, and subsequent decanting. I hold it to be the wondrously thin, ruptured Membranes of the case, coalescing." (Melville 323)