[fuh-rah-goh, -rey-]

noun, plural far·ra·goes.

a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley: a farrago of doubts, fears, hopes, and wishes.

Origin of farrago

1625–35; < Latin: literally, mixed crop of feed grains, equivalent to farr- (stem of far) emmer + -āgō suffix noting kind or nature
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noun plural -gos or -goes

a hotchpotch
Derived Formsfarraginous (fəˈrædʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for farrago

C17: from Latin: mash for cattle (hence, a mixture), from fār spelt
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Word Origin and History for farrago

1630s, from Latin farrago "medley, mix of grains for animal feed," from far "grain" (see barley).

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