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Chiefly in plural An egg cooked in a cocotte; specifically a dish originating in France and consisting of eggs baked in butter in individual cocottes or ramekins.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Charles Herman Senn (1862–1934). From French oeuf en cocotte from oeuf egg (ultimately from classical Latin ōvum) + en in + cocotte.
oeuf en cocotte/ˌəːf ˌɒ̃ kə(ʊ)ˈkɒt//ˌəːf ˌɒn kə(ʊ)ˈkɒt/
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