chafing dish

[chey-fing]
noun
  1. an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table.
  2. a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it.

Origin of chafing dish

1400–50; late Middle English chafing warming (see chafe, -ing1)
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chafing dish

noun
  1. a vessel with a heating apparatus beneath it, for cooking or keeping food warm at the table
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