Word of the Week…chaudière

Word of the Week…en français

Chaudière Falls, 1838, Charles John Colville of Culross

Chaudière Falls, 1838, Charles John Colville of Culross

chaudière /ʃodjɛʀ/ feminine noun

In modern Quebec, a bucket; in France, a boiler; in ‘archaic’ French, a kettle. Used to describe a variety of occasions – for example, “faire la chaudière” was to make dinner. Chaudière de guerre (war kettle) and chaudière de médecine (medicine kettle) were phrases used to describe ceremonies among the Omaha and Osage. The image of a boiling chaudière must have been in the minds of those who named such places as Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River and Chaudière River in eastern Quebec. See: A Glossary of Mississippi Valley French, Voyageurs National Park (Special History Section 3), Wikibec, and Wikipedia.

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