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A ragout is etymologically something which ‘reinvigorates the appetite’. The word, which used also to be spelled ragoo, was borrowed in the seventeenth century from French ragoût, a derivative of the verb ragoûter, ‘revive the taste of’ (goût means ‘taste’). It denotes a rich stew containing meat and vegetables in a thick sauce (although the French term ragoût can also cover fish stews).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

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