potpourri

[ poh-poo-ree, poh-poo-ree ]
/ ˌpoʊ pʊˈri, ˈpoʊ pʊˌri /

noun

a mixture of dried petals of roses or other flowers with spices, kept in a jar for their fragrance.
a musical medley.
a collection of miscellaneous literary extracts.
any mixture, especially of unrelated objects, subjects, etc.

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Origin of potpourri

1605–15; < French: literally, rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida olla podrida; see pot1, putrid

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British Dictionary definitions for potpourri

potpourri
/ (ˌpəʊˈpʊərɪ) /

noun plural -ris

a collection of mixed flower petals dried and preserved in a pot to scent the air
a collection of unrelated or disparate items; miscellany
a medley of popular tunes
a stew of meat and vegetables

Word Origin for potpourri

C18: from French, literally: rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida miscellany
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