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 (mär′mīt, mär-mēt′)
1. A large covered earthenware or metal cooking pot.
2. A small, covered earthenware casserole.

[French, from Old French, hypocritical, marmite (possibly because the food is hidden inside) : marm-, akin to marmouser, to murmur + mite, cat (of imitative origin).]


1. (Cookery) a large cooking pot
2. (Cookery) soup cooked in such a pot
3. (Cookery) an individual covered casserole for serving soup
4. (Military) military US a container used to bring food to troops in the field
[from French: pot]


(Cookery) trademark Brit a yeast and vegetable extract used as a spread, flavouring, etc
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Noun1.marmite - soup cooked in a large potmarmite - soup cooked in a large pot    
soup - liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food
2.marmite - a large pot especially one with legs used e.g. for cooking soup
pot - metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
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For all I know, they're even made in the same factory, with the muscle-bound carnivorous Bovrilites in one corner (taking the horns off a bull, wiping its arse, then chucking it into the pulper), while the pasty-faced vegan Marmitarians at the other end nervously tug at the udders of a herd of marmites, to harvest their black viscous milk.
Even "our" Branston pickle was sold over our heads this week (the Swiss sold it to the Americans), but I thought I was safe with two of the most quintessential of all British products: Bovril and Marmite.
I decided early on to join the Bovril camp, and fervently believed (on the basis of no evidence whatsoever) that Marmite was a Johnny-come-lately concoction which had copied the ancient Bovril's black glutinous consistency, along with its distinctively-shaped glass jar.