Fake Etymologies

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pan, n. /pæn/

Similar to how a casserole is a vessel in which a casserole is cooked and a tagine is a vessel in which a tagine is cooked, a pan is a vessel in which pão is cooked. From the portuguese word for “bread.”

The French spelling of pan (also “bread”) makes the connection more clear, but the word is descended from Portuguese due to their heavy presence on international shipping trade routes.