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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large vessel, such as a kettle or vat, used for boiling.
  • noun A state or situation of great distress or unrest felt to resemble a boiling kettle or vat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See caldron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a very large pot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a very large pot that is used for boiling

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, alteration of cauderon, from Norman French, diminutive of caudiere, cooking pot, from Late Latin caldāria, from feminine of Latin caldārius, suitable for warming, from calidus, warm; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English, from Old Northern French caudron (Old French chaudron), itself from a derivative of Latin calidārium, caldārium from calidus ("hot").

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