noun Etymology: Middle English, caudron, caldron, from Anglo-French cauderon, diminutive of caldere basin, from Late Latin caldaria, from feminine of Latin caldarius used for hot water, from calidus warm, from calēre to be warm — more at lee Date: 14th century 1. a large kettle or boiler 2. something resembling a boiling cauldron in intensity or degree of agitation <
a cauldron of intense emotions

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