Eng. Law a pooling of property of different persons for equal redistribution
Origin of hotchpotMiddle English hochepot ; from OFr, stew ; from hocher, to shake (; from Frankish an unverified form hottis?n, akin to Low German hotzen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kwet-, to shake from source Classical Latin quatere) + pot, pot
The grouping together of various properties, that may have different origins or statuses, for the purpose of determining how best to accomplish an equal division of the aggregate, as in an intestate estate with several heirs or the settlement of a divorce in a community property state.
Origin of hotchpotMiddle English hochepot, from Old French, mixture, stew : hocher, to shake together; see hotch + pot, pot.
Borrowing from Old French hochepot.