1. A well-seasoned meat or fish stew, usually with vegetables.
2. A mixture of diverse elements.
, from ragoûter
, to revive the taste, from
Old French ragouster
, re- + a-
, to (from
; see AD-
) + gost
, taste (from
; see geus- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
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