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or caldron

[kawl-druh n] /ˈkɔl drən/
a large kettle or boiler.
Origin of cauldron
1250-1300; Middle English, alteration (by association with Latin caldus warm) of Middle English cauderon < Anglo-French, equivalent to caudere (< Late Latin caldāria; see caldera) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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  • MacConglinney put the spit into the embers, and upset the cauldron of the royal house over the spit.

  • The Enchantress on hearing of the crime lights the fire under her cauldron.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • And he stretched himself out in the cauldron, so that he rent the cauldron into four pieces, and burst his own heart also.

    The Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest
  • There was a cauldron inside, boiling merrily; but there was no fire to be seen.

  • My brain is all boiling like a cauldron over a fiery furnace.

British Dictionary definitions for cauldron


a large pot used for boiling, esp one with handles
Word Origin
C13: from earlier cauderon, from Anglo-French, from Latin caldārium hot bath, from calidus warm
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Word Origin and History for cauldron

c.1300, caudron, from Anglo-French caudrun, Old North French cauderon (Old French chauderon "cauldron, kettle"), from augmentative of Late Latin caldaria "cooking pot" (source of Spanish calderon, Italian calderone), from Latin calidarium "hot bath," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie). The -l- was inserted 15c. in imitation of Latin.

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