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compote

[kom-poht; French kawn-pawt] /ˈkɒm poʊt; French kɔ̃ˈpɔt/
noun, plural compotes
[kom-pohts; French kawn-pawt] /ˈkɒm poʊts; French kɔ̃ˈpɔt/ (Show IPA)
1.
fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
2.
Also, compotier. a dish, usually of glass, china, or silver, having a base, stem, and often a lid, and used for serving fruit, nuts, candy, etc.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < French; Old French composte < Latin composita, feminine of compositus composite; cf. compost
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Examples from the web for compote
  • Your old-fashioned meal may begin with a platter of thin-sliced cured ham with parsley, or compote of rabbit with fresh tarragon.
  • They can be added to a compote or used to make a warm sauce for vanilla ice cream, for example.
British Dictionary definitions for compote

compote

/ˈkɒmpəʊt; French kɔ̃pɔt/
noun
1.
a dish of fruit stewed with sugar or in a syrup and served hot or cold
Word Origin
C17: from French composte, from Latin composita, feminine of compositus put in place; see composite
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Word Origin and History for compote
n.

1690s, from French compote "stewed fruit," from Old French composte (13c.) "mixture, compost," from Vulgar Latin *composita, fem. of compositus (see composite). Etymologically the same word as compost (n.).

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