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caldron

[kawl-druh n]
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noun
  1. cauldron.
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cauldron

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[kawl-druh n]
noun
  1. a large kettle or boiler.
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Origin of cauldron

1250–1300; Middle English, alteration (by association with Latin caldus warm) of Middle English cauderon < Anglo-French, equivalent to caudere (< Late Latin caldāria; see caldera) + -on noun suffix
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Historical Examples

  • It was the second view in La Masque's caldron, and but one remained to be verified.

    The Midnight Queen

    May Agnes Fleming

  • May the devil make hell-broth of ye both, in his own caldron!

  • But over there the witches' caldron is boiling more fiercely.

  • Then the witch returned to her caldron and Eilene returned to the moon.

    The New Education

    Scott Nearing

  • He pours cold water into the caldron when his business is to make it boil.


British Dictionary definitions for caldron

caldron

noun
  1. a variant spelling of cauldron
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cauldron

caldron

noun
  1. a large pot used for boiling, esp one with handles
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Word Origin

C13: from earlier cauderon, from Anglo-French, from Latin caldārium hot bath, from calidus warm
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Word Origin and History for caldron

n.

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cauldron

n.

c.1300, caudron, from Anglo-French caudrun, Old North French cauderon (Old French chauderon "cauldron, kettle"), from augmentative of Late Latin caldaria "cooking pot" (source of Spanish calderon, Italian calderone), from Latin calidarium "hot bath," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie). The -l- was inserted 15c. in imitation of Latin.

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