from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In early English history, a vessel of boiling water into which an accused person plunged his arm as a test of his innocence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A caldron of boiling water into which an accused person plunged his forearm as a test of innocence or guilt.
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- noun obsolete A
cauldronof boiling waterinto which an accusedperson plunged his forearmas a test of innocenceor guilt.
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Latin alfetum, from Anglo-Saxon word meaning "a pot to boil in".
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