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1. Warmed leftover food.
2. Old material reworked or rehashed.
[French, past participle of réchauffer, to reheat, warm over, from Old French rechaufer : re-, re- + echaufer, to warm (from Vulgar Latin *excalefāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin calefacere, to warm; see chafe).]
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1. (Cookery) warmed-up leftover food
2. old, stale, or reworked material
[C19: from French réchauffer to reheat, from re- + chauffer to warm; see chafe]
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