1. A large, heavy pot or kettle, usually of cast iron and with a tight lid, used for slow cooking.
2. A metal utensil open on one side and equipped with shelves, placed before an open fire for baking or roasting food.
3. A wall oven in which food is baked by means of preheated brick walls.
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