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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Southwestern US A rounded earthenware pot or jar, used especially for cooking or for carrying water.
  • noun An olla podrida.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ola, olay.
  • noun In Spanish countries, an earthen jar or pot used for cooking and other purposes, or a dish of meat and vegetables cooked in such a jar.
  • noun An olio.
  • noun A large porous earthenware jar or jug in universal use in the southwestern parts of the United States and Territories for holding drinking-water, which is kept cool by the evaporation of moisture through the substance of the jar.
  • noun In archaeology, a form of vase more properly called stamnos.
  • noun A favorite Spanish dish consisting of a mixture of all kinds of meat, cut into small pieces and stewed, with various kinds of vegetables.
  • noun Hence— Any incongruous mixture or miscellaneous collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pot or jar having a wide mouth; a cinerary urn, especially one of baked clay.
  • noun A dish of stewed meat; an olio; an olla-podrida.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a cooking-pot or earthenware jar used in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries
  • noun A pot used for cooling water by evaporation in Latin America.
  • noun A cinerary urn in ancient Rome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun leaf or strip from a leaf of the talipot palm used in India for writing paper

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, from Old Spanish, from Latin, variant of aula, aulla, pot, jar.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Spanish olla, from Latin olla, aulla; akin to the Sanskrit  (ukhā, "pot"), and probably to Gothic 𐌰𐌿𐌷𐌽𐍃 (auhns, "oven").

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