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Saturday, November 27, 2010

olio

\OH-lee-oh\ , noun;
1.
A mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge.
2.
A dish of many ingredients.
3.
A medley or potpourri, as of musical or literary selections; miscellany.
Quotes:
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: A Novel
Mine was a small college with lots of trees and old buildings mixed with one particular new one plus an olio of former homes that were now part of the campus.
-- T. J. Donnelly, First You Hear Thunder: Coming of Age and Being Wide-Eyed in the Sixties
Origin:
Olio enters English from Spanish and Portugese as "a medley dish."
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