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Meaning of Dutch oven

Dutch' ov'en

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a heavily constructed kettle with a close-fitting lid, used for pot roasts, stews, etc.
  2. a metal utensil, open in front, for roasting before an open fire.
  3. a brick oven in which the walls are preheated for cooking.
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