nChaud-medley(Law) The killing of a person in an affray, in the heat of blood, and while under the influence of passion, thus distinguished from chance-medley or killing in self-defense, or in a casual affray.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nchaud-medleyIn law, the killing of a man in an affray in the heat of blood or passion: a word often erroneously used as synonymous with chance-medley.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chaude mêlée,; chaud, hot + mêler,Formerly sometimes spelt medler) to mingle