One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A kiln in which pottery is fired. Now historical.
2British regional (chiefly Irish English and Manx English). A heated piece of metal, covered by a pot, for slow-cooking or keeping warm bread, cakes, etc. Now rare (chiefly historical).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Ralph Thoresby (1658–1725), antiquary and topographer. From pot + oven.
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