Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An aggregate of funds or property advanced to children by their father in his liftime and by them at his death brought together for proper distribution among them. See 80 Am. Dec. 565, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The blending and mixing property belonging to different persons, in order to divide it equally. 2 Bl. Comm. 190. Anciently applied to the mixing and blending of lands given to one daughter in frank marriage, with those descending to her and her sisters in fee-simple, for the purpose of dividing the whole equally among them; without which the daughter who held in frank marriage could have no share in the lands in fee-simple. Litt§§ 267, 268; Co. Litt. 177a; 2 Bl. Comm. 190. Hotchpot, or the putting in hotchpot, ls applied in modern law to the throwing the amount of an advancement made to a particular child, in real or personal estate, into the common stock, for the purpose, of a more equal division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children. 2 Kent, Comm. 421, 422. This answers to or resembles the collatio honorum, or collation of the civll law. See Law v. Smith, 2 R. I. 249; Ray v. Loper, 65 Mo. 472; Jackson v. Jackson, 28 Miss. 680, 64 Am. Dec. 114; Thompson v. Carmichael, 3 Sandf. Ch. (N. Y.) 120.