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What is "cartouche, cartouches"?
‘Cartouche, cartouches’ *(m) means ‘cartridge, cartridges’ in French. In French cuisine, it is a circle of paper you put on top of a soup or gravy to prevent a skin forming. It can also be used to keep food that is being poached submerged. The singular is pronounced identically to the plural in French.
‘Cartouche’ is also the name given to the oval lozenge with a horizontal line on one end that encloses the hieroglyphs of the names of ancient Egyptian kings and queens. Simply put, it’s a name plate.