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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: estuve 'cooking pot, heated room', from Vulgar Latin extufa; STOVE1

stew

1 noun
     
stew1
1 [uncountable and countable]DF a hot meal made by cooking meat and vegetables slowly in liquid for a long time [= casserole]:
a pot of stew
beef stew
2

in a stew

informal confused or worried about a difficult situation you are in
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