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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hotchpot  \Hotch"pot`\,  Hotchpotch  \Hotch"potch`\,  n.  [F. 
  hochepot,  fr  hocher  to  shake  +  pot  pot;  both  of  Dutch  or 
  German  origin;  cf  OD  hutspot  hotchpotch,  D.  hotsen,  hutsen, 
  to  shake.  See  {Hustle},  and  {Pot},  and  cf  {Hodgepodge}.] 
  1.  A  mingled  mass;  a  confused  mixture;  a  stew  of  various 
  ingredients;  a  hodgepodge. 
  A  mixture  or  hotchpotch  of  many  tastes.  --Bacon. 
  2.  (Law)  A  blending  of  property  for  equality  of  division,  as 
  when  lands  given  in  frank-marriage  to  one  daughter  were 
  after  the  death  of  the  ancestor,  blended  with  the  lands 
  descending  to  her  and  to  her  sisters  from  the  same 
  ancestor,  and  then  divided  in  equal  portions  among  all  the 
  daughters.  In  modern  usage,  a  mixing  together,  or  throwing 
  into  a  common  mass  or  stock,  of  the  estate  left  by  a 
  person  deceased  and  the  amounts  advanced  to  any  particular 
  child  or  children,  for  the  purpose  of  a  more  equal 
  division,  or  of  equalizing  the  shares  of  all  the  children; 
  the  property  advanced  being  accounted  for  at  its  value 
  when  given  --Bouvier.  Tomlins 
  Note:  This  term  has  been  applied  in  cases  of  salvage.  Story. 
  It  corresponds  in  a  measure  with  collation  in  the  civil 
  and  Scotch  law.  See  {Collation}.  --Bouvier.  Tomlins