potpourri

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potpourri a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
    • n potpourri a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
    • n potpourri a collection containing a variety of sorts of things "a great assortment of cars was on display","he had a variety of disorders","a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Potpourri A medley or mixture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potpourri A dish of different kinds of meat and vegetables cooked together; a stew.
    • n potpourri Hence A miscellaneous collection; a medley. Specifically— A mixture of the dried petals of rose-leaves or other flowers with spices and perfumes. It is usually kept in jars for its fragrance.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. pot, pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir, to rot, L. putrere,. Cf. Olla-podrida

Usage

In literature:

An observing urchin and a rogue, he made a potpourri of the voices of nature and the voices of Paris.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
All lovely, dressed as Potpourri.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
She once more inhaled its hot potpourri fragrance, in which the spice of the Castilian rose-leaves of the garden was dominant.
"A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
With the arrival of Mrs. Sohlberg and then of Antoinette Nowak as factors in the potpourri, the situation became more difficult.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
There were, in fact, chintz-covered settees, and there was potpourri.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
Potpourri should be made before the season of outdoor flowers passes.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
It is a ragout, a potpourri, a mess.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Smell the potpourri and spices.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
So the circle widened, until glass pottery and rugs were gathered into the potpourri of Mr.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
She was dazzled and excited when Mr. Schwirtz took her to the opening of the Champs du Pom-Pom, the latest potpourri of amusements on Broadway.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
The air was soft, and sweet with the perfume of roses, roses living, and roses dead in a potpourri of scattered petals on the grass.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
The front door was open, showing a hall where stood a grandfather's clock and a spindle-legged table holding a bowl of potpourri.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The overture is of the "potpourri" style.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson
The making of potpourri was common in my childhood.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The orchestra was playing a Puccini potpourri.
"The Imitator" by Percival Pollard
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In news:

This is a surveillance photo of the man police say demanded potpourri and money at knifepoint from Planet RYO in Shrewsbury on Saturday.
A Potpourri of Peeves, Puzzlements, and Ponderings.
How the Potpourri Group speeds up order processing.
Potpourri sachet-making Saturday at Farmers' Market.
Bike Magazine's Sea Otter Potpourri.
Plants to Dry for Potpourri and Arrangements.
Potpourri 2012 — OnStage at the Arts & Science Center.
A fresh-smelling armed robber made off with potpourri and cash after holding up a Shrewsbury smoke shop Saturday evening.
Potpourri of opinions on wearing perfume.
Chocolate Potpourri Finds Sweet Solution.
It was the annual Science Potpourri of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics.
Potpourri oil is very versatile and can be used in many ways.
My "Best" List it's like Rock and Roll Potpourri.
Nordstrom "Citrus Poppy" Potpourri Vase.
Kbi raids local shop for sale of "potpourri".
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In science:

Now, we are left with only two options (a) the results of are correct and in this case we need a revolution in Mathematics (and also in Physics) or (b) the paper is a potpourri of nonsense.
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
Also, it must be said that the publication of completely wrong papers containing a potpourri of nonsense Mathematics (and also Physics) is becoming more and more routine in ‘scientific’ journals, books and, of course, also in the arXiv.
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
Given that follow-up is at premium having a small sample of transients with desired or well-understood selection criteria is more valuable than a large sample of transients with a potpourri of properties.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
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