farrago

noun far·ra·go \ fə-ˈrä-(ˌ)gō , -ˈrā- \

Definition of farrago

plural farragoes
:a confused mixture :hodgepodge

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Examples of farrago in a Sentence

  1. the shop is filled with a whimsical farrago of artwork, antiques, and vintage clothing

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Farrago might seem an unlikely relative of "farina" (the mealy breakfast cereal), but the two terms have their roots in the same Latin noun. Both derive from "far," the Latin name for "spelt" (a type of grain). In Latin, farrago meant "mixed fodder" - cattle feed, that is. It was also used more generally to mean "mixture." When it was adopted into English in the early 1600s, "farrago" retained the "mixture" sense of its ancestor. Today, we often use it for a jumble or medley of disorganized, haphazard, or even nonsensical ideas or elements.

Origin and Etymology of farrago

Latin farragin-, farrago mixed fodder, mixture, from far spelt — more at barley


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