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olio

[ oh-lee-oh ]
/ ˈoʊ liˌoʊ /
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noun, plural o·li·os.

a dish of many ingredients.
a mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge.
a medley or potpourri, as of musical or literary selections; miscellany.
Theater.
  1. a specialty act performed downstage while the upstage set is changed.
  2. a performance, as a musical number, presented between scenes or acts.
  3. drop scene (def. 1).
  4. a program of variety acts, especially the second half of a minstrel show.

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Origin of olio

1635–45; <Spanish olla pot, stew <Latin olla, ōla pot, jar

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH olio

oleo, olio
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British Dictionary definitions for olio

olio
/ (ˈəʊlɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural olios

a dish of many different ingredients
a miscellany or potpourri

Word Origin for olio

C17: from Spanish olla stew, from Latin: jar
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