cauldron

\ \ [13] Etymologically, cauldrons are for heating not food but people. The word comes ultimately from Latin calidāriumhot bath’, which was a derivative of the adjective caliduswarm’ (related to English calorie, and, by a much more circuitous route, leesheltered area’ and probably lukewarm). Among the descendants of calidārium were late Latin caldāriapot’, which produced French chaudière (possible source of English chowder) and Vulgar Latin *caldario, which passed into Anglo-Norman, with a suffix indicating great size, as caudronlarge cooking pot’. In English, the l was reintroduced from Latin in the 15th century.
\ \ Cf.CALORIE, CHOWDER, NONCHALANT

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