Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 09:44:00 -0800
From: "[Deborah Bader]" DHBader[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EWORLD.COM
Subject: Re: Gumbo file'
According to Webster's Third New Interntional Dictionary, file' is considered
American French (out of Louisiana) and derives from the French past
participle of filer, to twist, spin. Its definitin is "powdered young leaves
of sassafrass used to thicken soups or stews." Hope this helps.