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omnium-gatherum

[om-nee-uh m-gath -er-uh m] /ˌɒm ni əmˈgæð ər əm/
noun, plural omnium-gatherums.
1.
a miscellaneous collection.
Origin of omnium-gatherum
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin omnium of all (genitive plural of omnis) + pseudo-Latin gatherum a gathering
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Examples from the Web for omnium gatherum
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  • Page 162: ominum gatherum likely is a misprint for omnium gatherum.

  • Murray (the publisher) said that my Life of Dr. Butler was an omnium gatherum.

  • The relic-hunters had penetrated their omnium gatherum and offered fabulous sums for the quaint old bits they found there.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • I am bringing out a heavy memoir on elephants—an omnium gatherum affair, with observations on the fossil and recent species.

  • But in the majority of cases there is no obvious excuse for this omnium gatherum process.

  • There is, of course, in very many cases an individuality gained by the "omnium gatherum" of such a mode of furnishing.

    Illustrated History of Furniture Frederick Litchfield
  • Other legends were worked up into the omnium gatherum of Giron le Courtois, and with this the cycle proper ceases.

  • omnium gatherum, an indiscriminate collection of articles; a numerous and by no means select assemblage.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • A ship that carries a numerous crew, is a sort of omnium gatherum, of human employments.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Louie sat for a while, sucking at a lump of sugar she had swept that morning into the omnium gatherum of her pocket.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for omnium gatherum

omnium-gatherum

/ˈɒmnɪəmˈɡæðərəm/
noun
1.
(often facetious) a miscellaneous collection; assortment
Word Origin
C16: from Latin omnium of all, from omnis all + Latinized form of English gather
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Word Origin and History for omnium gatherum

1520s, "miscellaneous collection," humorous coinage from Latin omnium "of all" (genitive plural of omnis; see omni-) + Latinized form of English gather.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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