A saucepan containing hot water into which a smaller saucepan
is plunged, either to keep it hot, or that it may boil without burning.
A glue pot is a good example. Mons. Bouillet says, “Ainsi appelé du
nom de l'inventeur ” (Balneum Mariæ). But derivations from proper
names require authentication.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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