A bowl of potpourri
Potpourri is dried flower petals and spices mixed together and used to make a room smell nice.
An example of potpourri is dried rose petals mixed with cinnamon sticks and dried orange peels blended in a bowl in a restroom.
- Obs. a stew
- a mixture of dried flower petals with spices, kept as in a jar for its fragrance
- a medley, miscellany, or anthology
Origin of potpourriFrench ; from pot, pot + pourri, past participle of pourrir, to rot, translated, translation of Spanish olla podrida: see olla-podrida
- A combination of incongruous things: “In the minds of many, the real and imagined causes for Russia's defeats quickly mingled into a potpourri of terrible fears” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.
- A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.
Origin of potpourriFrench pot pourri (translation of Spanish olla podrida) : pot, pot; see potiche + pourri, past participle of pourrir, to rot (from Old French purir, from Vulgar Latin *putr&imacron;re, from Latin putr&emacron;scere; see putrid).