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bain-marie definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural bains-marie) Etymology: French, from Middle French, translation of Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, literally, Mary's bath, after Maria Hebraea, Mary the Jewess, legendary inventor of apparatus used in alchemy Date: 1822 a cooking utensil containing heated water in which food in smaller pots is cooked compare double boiler

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. bains-marie pronunc. same) a cooking utensil consisting of a vessel of hot water in which a receptacle containing a sauce etc. can be slowly and gently heated; a double boiler. Etymology: F, transl. med.L balneum Mariae bath of Maria (an alleged Jewish alchemist)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bain-marie Bain`-ma`rie", n. [F.] A vessel for holding hot water in which another vessel may be heated without scorching its contents; -- used for warming or preparing food or pharmaceutical preparations.



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