patchwork - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈpætʃˌwɜː(r)k/
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the art of sewing many pieces of cloth together to make a pattern or picture

    a patchwork cushion

  2. 2
    [singular] a pattern that things make when you look at them from a long way away
    patchwork of:

    a patchwork of fields

  3. 3
    [singular] something that consists of many different and often confusing parts
    patchwork of:

    the complex patchwork of ethnic groupings in the Balkans