Date: Mon, 1 Jan 1996 18:48:19 -0400
From: "E. Wayles Browne" ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU
Subject: Gumbo file'
The dictionaries I have at home (Webster's Collegiate 1973, OED 1 with
supplement, Longman Dict. of Contemporary English) don't list
file' (the ingredient of gumbo, made of sassafras root if I'm not
mistaken). Nor does the Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre'. What
is its etymology? Is it a French loan in English?
Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Morrill Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.
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