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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law The gathering together of properties to ensure an equal division of the total for distribution, as among the heirs of an intestate parent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The blending together of property so as to achieve equal division, especially in the case of divorce or intestacy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mixture of various ingredients; a hodgepodge or hotchpotch.
  • n. In law, the aggregating of shares or properties, actually or theoretically, in order to secure equality of division.

Etymologies

Middle English hochepot, from Old French, mixture, stew : hocher, to shake together; see hotch + pot, pot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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