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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stew of highly seasoned meat and vegetables.
  • n. An assorted mixture; a miscellany: "All the conversations were in English . . . the whole olla podrida spiced with the latest gossipā€ ( William Pearson).

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  • n. A stew of highly seasoned meat and vegetables.
  • n. A mixture; a hodge-podge.

Etymologies

Spanish : olla, olla; see olla + podrida, feminine of podrido, rotten (from Latin putridus; see putrid).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "'I smelt the homely scent of an olla podrida as I came up the stairs. I have eaten my fill of fried guinea-pigs between here and Valparaiso and back again and I tell you most solemnly that I absolutely must be fed.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 208

    March 27, 2008