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n. pl. pot·pour·ris
1. A combination of incongruous things: "In the minds of many, the real and imagined causes for Russia's defeats quickly mingled into a potpourri of terrible fears" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
2. A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.
3. A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.
[French pot pourri (translation of Spanish olla podrida) : pot, pot; see potiche + pourri, past participle of pourrir, to rot (from Old French purir, from Vulgar Latin *putrīre, from Latin putrēscere; see putrid).]
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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. (Music, other) a medley of popular tunes
4. (Cookery) a stew of meat and vegetables
[C18: from French, literally: rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida miscellany]
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pot•pour•ri(ˌpoʊ pʊˈri, ˈpoʊ pʊˌri)
n., pl. -ris.
1. a fragrant mixture of dried flower petals and spices, usu. kept in a jar.
2. any miscellaneous grouping; medley.
[1605–15; < French: literally, rotten pot, translation of Sp olla podrida olla podrida; see pot1, putrid]
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Potpourria medley or collection of musical or literary extracts; a dish of different meats stewed together, 1611; a medley.
Examples: potpourri of meat, 1611; of flower perfumes, 1749; of literary pieces, 1864; of musical pieces, 1864; of sounds.
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|Noun||1.||potpourri - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"|
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
grab bag - an assortment of miscellaneous items
witches' brew, witches' broth, witch's brew - a fearsome mixture; "a witches' brew of gangsters and terrorists"; "mixing dope and alcohol creates a witches' brew"
range - a variety of different things or activities; "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
selection - an assortment of things from which a choice can be made; "the store carried a large selection of shoes"
farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag - a motley assortment of things
alphabet soup - a confusing assortment; "Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"
sampler - an assortment of various samples; "a candy sampler"; "a sampler of French poets"
|2.||potpourri - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources|
|3.||potpourri - a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume|
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noun mixture, collection, combination, patchwork, medley, motley, pastiche, mixed bag (informal), mélange (French), miscellany, hotchpotch, salmagundi, gallimaufry a potpourri of architectural style from all over the world
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potpourri[pəʊˈpʊərɪ] N (potpourris (pl))
2. [of music, writing] → popurrí m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
potpourripot pourri [ˌpəʊˈpʊri] n
[flowers] → pot-pourri m
(= miscellany) → pot-pourri mpot roast n → rôti m en cocottepot scourer n → tampon m à récurerpot shot pot-shot, potshot [ˈpɒtʃɒt] n
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
a. (flowers) miscuglio di petali essiccati per profumare un ambiente
b. (fig) (of music, writing) → pot-pourri m inv
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