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  • adjective describing the condition of being extremely hot in some parts, merely lukewarm in others; also used to describe inhomogeneously spiced dishes. (from "fervid" and "pablum", though some sources maintain the ending derives from "ho-hum")

    "Basil was quite upset -- the Marie Callander chicken pot pie he'd been looking forward to all day was distinctly fervum, leaving him trying to cool the burn on the roof of his mouth with a piece of unappetizing, still-frozen gristle. No doubt about it -- it was time to get a new microwave."

    See curate's egg

    November 11, 2008