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whatnot

[hwuht-not, hwot-, wuht-, wot-] /ˈʰwʌtˌnɒt, ˈʰwɒt-, ˈwʌt-, ˈwɒt-/
noun
1.
a stand with shelves for bric-a-brac, books, etc.
2.
something or anything of the same or similar kind:
sheets, pillowcases, towels, napkins, and whatnot.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; from the phrase what not?
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British Dictionary definitions for whatnot

whatnot

/ˈwɒtˌnɒt/
noun
1.
(informal) Also called what-d'you-call-it. a person or thing the name of which is unknown, temporarily forgotten, or deliberately overlooked
2.
(informal) unspecified assorted material
3.
a portable stand with shelves, used for displaying ornaments, etc
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Word Origin and History for whatnot
n.

1530s, "anything," from what + not. As the name of a furniture item, first attested 1808, so named for the objects it is meant to hold.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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whatnot

noun

An unnamed or unspecified thing (1964+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for whatnot

etagere

series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts. The passion for collecting and displaying ornamental objects that began in the 18th century and was widespread in the 19th stimulated the production in England and the United States of this whimsically named piece of furniture. The French version was called the etagere. Some examples contain drawers at the base; others have three sides of the upper shelf surmounted with an ornamental board

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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