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Pot-Pourri

(French). A mixture of dried sweet-smelling flower-petals and herbs preserved in a vase. Also a hotch-potch or olla podrida. In music, a medley of favourite tunes strung together. (See Pasticcio.)

Pourri
means dead [flowers], and pot-pourri, strictly speaking, is the vase containing the sweet mixture.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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