One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large shallow pan in which milk is kept while the cream rises and separates.
2Any bowl or vessel in which milk is stored or served.
3A type of saucepan, with a lip for pouring and with no lid, used for boiling milk.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tusser (c1524–1580), writer on agriculture and poet.
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