marmite

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Etymology[edit]

From French marmite.

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Noun[edit]

marmite (plural marmites)

  1. A rounded earthenware cooking pot.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In Middle French (attested 1388) used in the sense of an earthen or metal cooking-pot; later (17th century) also of bombs or grenades from their resemblance to iron cooking-pots. Earlier, the noun Old French marmite meant "hypocrite" (attested 1223); the semantic development is explained as the cooking-pot being covered and not revealing its interior (thus being "hypocritical", as compared to e.g. a cooking-pan or a plate).

The etymology of marmite "hypocrite" is explained as a compound of marmotter (to mutter) (from an onomatopoeic base mar- "murmur") and mite (cat) (an obsolete word for "cat", probably also onomatopoeic, i.e. imitative of meowing, extant only in the compound chattemite), and thus describing a person being evasive by "murmuring" or "meowing" instead of speaking plainly.

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Noun[edit]

marmite f (plural marmites)

  1. pot, cooking pot, marmite [1388]
  2. (metonymically) meal prepared in a cooking pot
  3. (military, slang) (heavy) shell [1637]
  4. (dated, slang) prostitute [1841]

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: marmita
  • English: marmite
  • Portuguese: marmita
  • Spanish: marmita

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