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double boiler

a utensil consisting of two pots, one of which fits partway into the other: water is boiled in the lower pot to cook or warm food or melt a substance in the upper.
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1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
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double boiler

(US & Canadian) a cooking utensil consisting of two saucepans, one fitting inside the other. The bottom saucepan contains water that, while boiling, gently heats food in the upper pan Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) double saucepan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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