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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

R Yosef Karo, the author of the work, gave it that name for the following reason (from the intro): וְקָרָאתִי שֵׁם סֵפֶר זֶה שֻׁלְחָן עָרוּךְ, כִּי בוֹ יִמְצָא הַהוֹגֶה כָּל מִינֵי מַטְעַמִּים ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

The original Shulchan Aruch was meant to be a summary of the conclusions of Beis Yosef, which does explain everything at length. It was later commentators who made it into its own area of study.
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