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olio

[oh-lee-oh] /ˈoʊ liˌoʊ/
noun, plural olios.
1.
a dish of many ingredients.
2.
Informal. olla podrida (def 2).
3.
a mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge.
4.
a medley or potpourri, as of musical or literary selections; miscellany.
5.
Theater.
  1. a specialty act performed downstage while the upstage set is changed.
  2. a performance, as a musical number, presented between scenes or acts.
  3. drop scene (def 1).
  4. a program of variety acts, especially the second half of a minstrel show.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Spanish olla pot, stew < Latin olla, ōla pot, jar
Can be confused
oleo, olio.
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British Dictionary definitions for olio's

olio

/ˈəʊlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) olios
1.
a dish of many different ingredients
2.
a miscellany or potpourri
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish olla stew, from Latin: jar
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olio

n.

medley dish of Iberian origin, 1640s, from Spanish olla, Portuguese olha, both from Vulgar Latin olla "pot, jar." Sense transferred to "any mixture or medley."

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