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noun
  1. A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
  2. A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, and in various processes of manufacture.
  3. A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
  4. A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
  5. A wetsuit which has long sleeves and long legs.
  6. (food) A dish of steamed clams.
  7. (context, birds) The duck; a genus (Tachyeres) of ducks in the bird family Anatidae. All of the four species occur in South America, and all except one are flightless.
Note: see Wikipedia article on (w, Tachyeres)
  1. (obsolete) A food made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot, with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices. Popular circa 1850 but apparently no longer so by the 1900s.
1864: of all the dishes ever brought to table, nothing equals that of the steamer — Edward Abbott, The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as Well as for the 'Upper Ten Thousand', London, 1864, in turn giving as his source "Australia, by Melville" (quoted in Acquired Tastes: Celebrating Australia's Culinary History, Colin Bannerman (and others), published by the w:National Library of Australia, National Library of Australia, 1998, ISBN 0-642-10693-2, page 14)
  1. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, a fire engine consisting of a steam boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine, combined and mounted on wheels (Webster 1913).

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