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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Definitions for olio

  1. a mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge.
  2. a dish of many ingredients.
  3. Informal. olla podrida (def. 2).

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Citations for olio
I say an olio, my Lords, such an olio as never appeared before upon a table in Japan — by the Lord, it cost me fifty obans; and I had not time to taste a morsel. Tobias Smollett, The History and Adventures of an Atom, 1749
Then I walked out, leaving the Polo Lounge to its standard olio of dealmakers, heartbreakers, and, I predicted, two morose cops who would run up a hefty bar tab before they stumbled out into perfect Beverly Hills. John Vorhaus, The California Roll, 2010
Origin of olio
1635-1645
Olio entered English from Spanish word olla meaning "pot, stew."