bainsmarie

bain-marie

[beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree]
noun, plural bains-marie [beyn-muh-ree; French ban-ma-ree] .
1.
(in cooking) a receptacle containing hot or boiling water into which other containers are placed to warm or cook the food in them.
2.
British. a double boiler.

Origin:
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

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bain-marie (bɛ̃mari)
 
n , pl bains-marie
a vessel for holding hot water, in which sauces and other dishes are gently cooked or kept warm
 
[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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