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porringer

[pawr-in-jer, por-] /ˈpɔr ɪn dʒər, ˈpɒr-/
noun
1.
a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; variant of earlier poddinger, akin to late Middle English potinger, nasalized variant of potager < Middle French. See pottage, -er2
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porringer

/ˈpɒrɪndʒə/
noun
1.
a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc
Word Origin
C16: changed from Middle English potinger, poteger, from Old French potager, from potage soup, contents of a pot; see pottage
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Word Origin and History for porringer
n.

late 15c., alteration of potynger, potager "small dish for stew," from Middle English potage (see pottage) by the same course of changes that produced porridge; and with intrusive -n- by 1530s (cf. passenger).

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Encyclopedia Article for porringer

ecuelles

a shallow, round bowl with one or two flat, horizontal handles set on opposite sides of the rim and, usually, a shallow lid. In recent usage, the word has also been used to refer to late 16th- and early 17th-century English silver vessels of cylindrical form with two vertical scroll handles. The precise purpose of porringers, or ecuelles, as they are known in France, is in dispute; but it is thought that they were used to hold broth or gruel.

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