bain-marie /ˌbanməˈriː/


I. noun

a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed for slow cooking.

cook in a bain-marie until the custard thickens slightly.
– origin early 18th cent.: French, translation of medieval Latin balneum Mariae ‘bath of Maria’, translating Greek kaminos Marias ‘furnace of Maria’, said to be a Jewish alchemist.

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