Meaning of mirepoix

mire•poix

Pronunciation: (mir-pwä'), [key]
— n.
  1. a flavoring made from diced vegetables, seasonings, herbs, and sometimes meat, often placed in a pan to cook with meat or fish.
  2. finely chopped vegetables, as onions and carrots, sometimes with meat, often used as a bed for meat that is to be braised.
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