1. [syn: odds and ends, oddments, melange, farrago, ragbag, mishmash, mingle-mangle, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, gallimaufry, omnium-gatherum]
2. a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hotchpot \Hotch"pot`\, Hotchpotch \Hotch"potch`\, n. [F.
hochepot, fr. hocher to shake + pot pot; both of Dutch or
German origin; cf. OD. hutspot hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen,
to shake. See Hustle, and Pot, and cf. Hodgepodge.]
1. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various
ingredients; a hodgepodge.
A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes. --Bacon.
2. (Law) A blending of property for equality of division, as
when lands given in frank-marriage to one daughter were,
after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands
descending to her and to her sisters from the same
ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the
daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing
into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a
person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular
child or children, for the purpose of a more equal
division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children;
the property advanced being accounted for at its value
when given. --Bouvier. Tomlins.
Note: This term has been applied in cases of salvage. Story.
It corresponds in a measure with collation in the civil
and Scotch law. See Collation. --Bouvier. Tomlins.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a motley assortment of things [syn: odds and ends,
oddments, melange, farrago, ragbag, mishmash,
mingle-mangle, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, gallimaufry,
2: a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "hotchpotch":
agglomeration, conglomeration, farrago, gallimaufry, hash,
hodgepodge, jumble, medley, melange, mess, miscellany, mishmash,
mixed bag, mixture, olio, olla podrida, omnium gatherum, patchwork,
potpourri, tangle, welter