|—n , pl -ris|
|1.||a collection of mixed flower petals dried and preserved in a pot to scent the air|
|2.||a collection of unrelated or disparate items; miscellany|
|3.||a medley of popular tunes|
|4.||a stew of meat and vegetables|
|[C18: from French, literally: rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida miscellany]|
in pottery, a decorative ceramic vessel with a perforated cover originally made to hold a moist mixture of aromatic spices, fruits, and the petals of flowers that was intended to produce a pleasant scent as the mixture mouldered. The vessel was later used for dried spices and petals. Ball-shaped ones, frequently made of metal, are known as pomanders. See also pouncet-box; vinaigrette
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