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bricolage

[ bree-kuh-lahzh, brik-uh- ]
/ ˌbri kəˈlɑʒ, ˌbrɪk ə- /
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noun, plural bri·co·la·ges [bree-kuh-lah-zhiz, ‐lahzh], /ˌbri kəˈlɑ ʒɪz, ‐ˈlɑʒ/, bri·co·lage.
a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.
(in literature) a piece created from diverse resources.
(in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork.
the use of multiple, diverse research methods.
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Origin of bricolage

1960–65; <French, literally “do-it-yourself,” from bricoler “to do odd jobs, small chores” from Middle French bricoler “to zigzag, bounce off,” from Old French bricole “a trifle, bricole ” + -age -age
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British Dictionary definitions for bricolage

bricolage
/ (ˈbrɪkəˌlɑːʒ, French brɪkɔlaʒ) /

noun architect
the jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and in different architectural styles
the deliberate creation of such an effect in certain modern developmentsthe post-modernist bricolage of the new shopping centre

Word Origin for bricolage

French: odd jobs, do-it-yourself
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