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From French salmigondis (seasoned salt meats), from Middle French salmigondin, probably related to Middle French salomene (hodgepodge of meats or fish cooked in wine), from Old French salemine.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsal.məˈɡʌn.di/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsæl.məˈɡʌn.di/
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salmagundi (plural salmagundis)

  1. A food consisting of chopped meat and pickled herring, with oil, vinegar, pepper, and onions.
  2. Hence, any mixture of various ingredients; an olio or medley; a potpourri; a miscellany.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 544:
      Partly too it reflected the nature of Revolutionary politics throughout the 1790s, which was invariably a kind of inspired bricolage, which involved yoking together a wide range of pre-existent elements into an unanticipated and constantly changing salmagundi of political forms.
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], page R29:
      This is not, however, a mere salmagundi of alphabetical arcana.