[smawr-guhs-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr-]
a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.
an extensive array or variety: The company has a smorgasbord of employee benefits.
Also, smörgåsbord [Swedish smœr-gaws-boord] .

1915–20; < Swedish smörgsbord, equivalent to smörgs sandwich + bord table Unabridged
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smorgasbord (ˈsmɔːɡəsˌbɔːd, ˈsmɜː-)
a variety of cold or hot savoury dishes, such as pâté, smoked salmon, etc, served in Scandinavia as hors d'oeuvres or as a buffet meal
[Swedish, from smörgås sandwich + bord table]

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Word Origin & History

1893, from Swed. smörgåsbord "open sandwich table," lit. "butter-goose table," from smörgås, which is said to mean "bread and butter," but is compounded from smör "butter" (related to smear) and gås, lit. "goose" (and from the root of Eng.
goose), which is said to have a secondary meaning of "a clump(of butter)." The final element is bord "table" (cf. board (n.1)). Fig. sense of "medley, miscellany" is recorded from 1948.
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Example sentences
All one needs to do is take a drive through a low income neighborhood and
  you'll find a smorgasbord of fast food joints.
The burrowing owls, suddenly lacking a smorgasbord of mouse meat, resort to
  hunting petrels.
Both the main parties kicked off their campaigns with a smorgasbord of promises.
Its vision of the future, however, is a smorgasbord of whiz-bang inventions.
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