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

  • n. A soft food made by boiling oatmeal or another meal in water or milk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of thick soup or stew, especially thickened with barley.
  • n. A dish made of grain or legumes, milk and/or water, heated and stirred until thick and typically eaten for breakfast.
  • n. A prison sentence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A food made by boiling some leguminous or farinaceous substance, or the meal of it, in water or in milk, making of broth or thin pudding

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A food made by boiling vegetables in water, with or without meat; broth; soup; pottage.
  • n. A food made by slowly stirring a meal or flour of oats, dried pease, or wheat-flour, or other grain, into water or milk while boiling till a thickened mass is formed.
  • To take the form of porridge.
  • To provide with porridge.

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

  • n. soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick


Alteration of pottage (influenced by obsolete porray, vegetable soup, from Middle English porreie, from Old French poree, leek soup, from por, leek, from Latin porrum).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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