From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hotchpot \Hotch"pot`\, Hotchpotch \Hotch"potch`\, n. [F.
   hochepot, fr. hocher to shake + pot pot; both of Dutch or
   German origin; cf. OD. hutspot hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen,
   to shake. See Hustle, and Pot, and cf. Hodgepodge.]
   1. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various
      ingredients; a hodgepodge.
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            A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes. --Bacon.
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   2. (Law) 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. --Bouvier. Tomlins.
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   Note: This term has been applied in cases of salvage. Story.
         It corresponds in a measure with collation in the civil
         and Scotch law. See Collation. --Bouvier. Tomlins.
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