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.
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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
French, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae Maria's bath
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