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potpourri

[poh-poo-ree, poh-poo-ree] /ˌpoʊ pʊˈri, ˈpoʊ pʊˌri/
noun
1.
a mixture of dried petals of roses or other flowers with spices, kept in a jar for their fragrance.
2.
a musical medley.
3.
a collection of miscellaneous literary extracts.
4.
any mixture, especially of unrelated objects, subjects, etc.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < French: literally, rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida olla podrida; see pot1, putrid
Synonyms
4. melange, pastiche, hodgepodge, mishmash, patchwork.
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British Dictionary definitions for potpourri

potpourri

/ˌpəʊˈpʊərɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida miscellany
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Word Origin and History for potpourri
n.

also pot-pourri, 1610s, "mixed meats served in a stew," from French pot pourri "stew," literally "rotten pot" (loan-translation of Spanish olla podrida), from pourri, past participle of pourrir "to rot," from Vulgar Latin *putrire, from Latin putrescere "grow rotten" (see putrescent). Notion of "medley" led to meaning "mixture of dried flowers and spices," first recorded in English 1749. Figurative sense (originally in music) of "miscellaneous collection" is recorded from 1855.

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Encyclopedia Article for potpourri

in pottery, a decorative ceramic vessel with a perforated cover originally made to hold a moist mixture of aromatic spices, fruits, and the petals of flowers that was intended to produce a pleasant scent as the mixture mouldered.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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