smorgasbord 1893, from Swed. smörgôsbord "open sandwich table," lit. "butter-goose table," from smörgôs, which is said to mean "bread and butter," but is compounded from smör "butter" (related to SMEAR (Cf. smear)) and gôs, lit. "goose" (and from the root of English GOOSE (Cf. goose)), which is said to have a secondary meaning of "a clump (of butter)." The final element is bord "table" (Cf. BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1)). Figurative sense of "medley, miscellany" is recorded from 1948.

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