pottage(redirected from sell for a mess of pottage)
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Related to sell for a mess of pottage: sold his birthright for a mess of pottage
1. A thick soup or stew of vegetables and sometimes meat.
2. Archaic Porridge.
[Middle English potage, from Old French, from pot, pot; see potiche.]
(Cookery) a thick meat or vegetable soup
[C13: from Old French potage contents of a pot, from pot pot1]
a thick soup made of vegetables, with or without meat.