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Meaning of HOTCHPOT

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hotch"pot`\, Hotchpotch \Hotch"potch`\, n. [F.
hochepot, fr. hocher to shake + pot pot; both of Dutch or
German origin; cf. OD. hutspot hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen,
to shake. See {Hustle}, and {Pot}, and cf. {Hodgepodge}.]
1. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various
   ingredients; a hodgepodge.

         A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes. --Bacon.

2. (Law) A blending of property for equality of division, as
   when lands given in frank-marriage to one daughter were,
   after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands
   descending to her and to her sisters from the same
   ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the
   daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing
   into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a
   person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular
   child or children, for the purpose of a more equal
   division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children;
   the property advanced being accounted for at its value
   when given. --Bouvier. Tomlins.

Note: This term has been applied in cases of salvage. Story.
      It corresponds in a measure with collation in the civil
      and Scotch law. See {Collation}. --Bouvier. Tomlins.

 

 

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