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[beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree] /ˈbeɪn məˈri; French bɛ̃ maˈri/
noun, plural bains-marie
[beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree] /ˈbeɪn məˈri; French bɛ̃ maˈri/ (Show IPA)
(in cooking) a receptacle containing hot or boiling water into which other containers are placed to warm or cook the food in them.
British. a double boiler.
1815-25; < French, Middle French, translation of Medieval Latin balneum Mariae literally, bath of Mary, reputed to be a Jewish alchemist who devised such a heating technique, and sometimes identified with Moses' sister Miriam Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bains-marie


noun (pl) bains-marie (bɛ̃mari)
a vessel for holding hot water, in which sauces and other dishes are gently cooked or kept warm
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, literally: bath of Mary, inaccurate translation of Medieval Greek kaminos Marios, literally: furnace of Miriam, alleged author of a treatise on alchemy
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