COCOTTES

cocotte

1 [koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt]
noun, plural cocottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt] .

Origin:
1865–70; < French: originally a child's word for a hen, equivalent to coq cock1 + -otte feminine suffix

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cocotte

2 [koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt]
noun, plural cocottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt] .
a round or oval casserole, usually of earthenware or fireproof porcelain, used especially for cooking an individual portion of meat, fowl, or game.

Origin:
1865–70; < French: small cast-iron pot for stewing meat; alteration, by suffix substitution, of Middle French cocasse, coquasse applied to various receptacles, obscurely akin to coquemar kettle, by uncertain mediation < Medieval Greek koukoumárion (or its presumed VL source), ultimately derivative of Latin cucuma kettle

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cocotte (kəʊˈkɒt, kə-, French kɔkɔt)
 
n
1.  a small fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served
2.  a prostitute or promiscuous woman
 
[C19: from French, from nursery word for a hen, feminine of coqcock1]

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cocotte
"prostitute," 1867, from Fr., originally child's name for "hen."
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