1》 a metal or plastic container with a lid, spout, and handle, used for boiling water.
2》 a container in which operations are carried out on metals or other substances with a low melting point.
a different kettle of fish informal a person or matter that is altogether different from the one just mentioned.
a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish informal an awkward state of affairs.
OE cetel, cietel, of Gmc origin, based on L. catillus, dimin. of catinus 'deep container for cooking or serving food'.

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