salmagundi

[sal-muh-guhn-dee]

noun

a mixed dish consisting usually of cubed poultry or fish, chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, oil, etc., often served as a salad.
any mixture or miscellany.

Origin of salmagundi

1665–75; < Middle French salmingondin (later salmigondis), compound based on salemine salted food (see salami) and condir to season (see condiment)
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salmagundi

salmagundy

noun

a mixed salad dish of cooked meats, eggs, beetroot, etc, popular in 18th-century England
a miscellany; potpourri

Word Origin for salmagundi

C17: from French salmigondis, perhaps from Italian salami conditi pickled salami
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Word Origin and History for salmagundi
n.

1670s, from French salmigondis (16c.), originally "seasoned salt meats" (cf. French salmis "salted meats"), from Middle French salmigondin (16c.), of uncertain origin; Watkins derives it from Latin sal "salt" + condire "to season, flavor." Probably related to or influenced by Old French salemine "hodgepodge of meats or fish cooked in wine," which was borrowed in Middle English as salomene (early 14c.). Figurative sense of "mixture of various ingredients" is from 1761; it was the title of Washington Irving's satirical publication (1807-08). In dialect, salmon-gundy, solomon-gundy..

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