Bain-marie definitions

băn'mə-rē'
A large pan containing hot water in which smaller pans may be set to cook food slowly or to keep food warm.
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In cooking, a large pan containing hot water, into which other smaller pans are set in order to cook food slowly, or to keep food warm.
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Origin of bain-marie

French from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae bath of Maria probably after Maria Prophetissa, an early alchemist who perhaps lived in Egypt between the first and third centuries ad