a. Placed in a pot: potted candles.
b. Grown in a pot: potted plants.
2. Preserved in a pot, can, or jar: potted meat.
3. Informal Presenting information in a simplified or abridged form: a potted history of Britain.
4. Recorded or taped for repeated use: potted music.
5. Unoriginal or hackneyed: potted prose.
6. Slang Drunk or intoxicated.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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