pas·tic·cio (pă-stēchō, -chē-ō, pä-)
n. pl. pas·tic·ci (-chē)
A work or style produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources; a potpourri.
[Italian, from Vulgar Latin *pastīcium, pasty; see PATISSERIE.]
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