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noun
  1. a utensil consisting of two pots, one of which fits partway into the other: water is boiled in the lower pot to cook or warm food or melt a substance in the upper.
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Origin of double boiler

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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double boiler

noun
  1. US and Canadian a cooking utensil consisting of two saucepans, one fitting inside the other. The bottom saucepan contains water that, while boiling, gently heats food in the upper panAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): double saucepan
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