A teakettle is the piece of cookware which you fill with water and put on the stove, and which whistles when the water begins to boil. A teakettle should never actually contain tea; its function is to heat water.

Compare teapot, which does not go on the stove. You pour hot water from a teakettle into a teapot.

Tea"ket`tle (?), n.

A kettle in which water is boiled for making tea, coffee, etc.


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