Hotchpot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hotchpot (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.
    • Hotchpot A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge. "A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hotchpot A mixture of various ingredients; a hodgepodge or hotchpotch.
    • n hotchpot In law, the aggregating of shares or properties, actually or theoretically, in order to secure equality of division. Thus, a child who has had a portion of an estate in advance of the others is required to bring what he has received into hotchpot, and account for the same, as a condition of having any share in the distribution of the residue. Collation is the Scotch term.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hotchpot a confused mass of ingredients shaken or mixed together in the same pot: a kind of mutton-broth in which green peas take the place of barley or rice
    • Hotchpot a commixture of property in order to secure an equable division amongst children
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. hochepothocher, to shake, and pot, a pot—Old Dut. hutsen, to shake, Dut. pot, a pot.

Usage

In literature:

The Hotchpot of Hypocrites.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The Hotchpot of Hypocrites.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
They do not form a hotchpot of credenda.
"Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John" by William Alexander
The only expedient that will cure the difficulty, is that of throwing the States into Hotchpot.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison
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