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Hungarian goulash in a cauldron

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From Middle English caudron, borrowed from Old Northern French caudron (Old French chaudron, chauderon), itself from a derivative of Latin calidārium, caldārium (cooking-pot), from calidus (hot). Spelling later Latinized by having an l inserted. See chowder, caldera.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔːl.dɹən/
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cauldron (plural cauldrons)

  1. A large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame.
    Synonym: kettle
    • c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i], page 143, column 2:
      Double, double, toile and trouble; / Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble.
    • 1997, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Raincoast Books, →ISBN, page 102:
      [] I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … []
    • 2004, Carl Neal, The Magick Toolbox: The Ultimate Compendium for Choosing and Using Ritual Implements and Magickal Tools, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, →ISBN:
      Large cauldrons are a little tricky to locate, but are well worth the search if you have a place to safely store and use one.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:cauldron.

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