cauldron

or cal·dron

[ kawl-druh n ]
/ ˈkɔl drən /

noun

a large kettle or boiler.

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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cauldron

caldron

/ (ˈkɔːldrən) /

noun

a large pot used for boiling, esp one with handles

Word Origin for cauldron

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

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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