n. pl. o·li·os
1. A heavily spiced stew of meat, vegetables, and chickpeas.
a. A mixture or medley; a hodgepodge.
b. A collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.
3. Vaudeville or musical entertainment presented between the acts of a burlesque or minstrel show.
[Alteration of Spanish olla, pot; see OLLA.]
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