marmite

[ mahr-mahyt, mahr-meet ]
/ ˈmɑr maɪt, mɑrˈmit /

noun

a metal or earthenware cooking pot with a cover, usually large and often having legs.

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Origin of marmite

1795–1805; <French, Middle French, apparently equivalent to mar(m)-, base of marmotter to mutter, murmur (see marmot) + mite expressive word for a cat; probably originally a jocular or nursery word, a deep, covered pot being thought of as secretive and hence catlike in comparison to an open pan; compare Old French marmite hypocritical
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British Dictionary definitions for marmite (1 of 2)

marmite
/ (ˈmɑːmaɪt) /

noun

a large cooking pot
soup cooked in such a pot
an individual covered casserole for serving soup
US military a container used to bring food to troops in the field

Word Origin for marmite

from French: pot

British Dictionary definitions for marmite (2 of 2)

Marmite
/ (ˈmɑːmaɪt) /

noun

trademark British a yeast and vegetable extract used as a spread, flavouring, etc
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