Saturday, February 24Not Your Ordinary English-Tagalog Dictionary

What is Kettle in Tagalog? Origin, How Kettles Whistle, and Giant Kettle

A kettle in Tagalog is called “takure.” Also called a tea kettle, this small kitchen appliance is used for boiling water for coffee and tea. But sometimes, kettles can also be used for heating soup, stew, or any water-based food. But because of its appearance and material, you cannot use takure for cooking food as you do in your kaldero or kaserola.

kettle in Tagalog
Giant kettle in the Philippines

The word “kettle” has a very interesting etymology. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, it comes from the Old Norse word “ketill,” which means a cauldron, a deep container for cooking or serving food. The term “ketill” was borrowed into Old English as “cietel” or “chetele.” But over time, it evolved into the modern English word “kettle.”

Origin of Kettle

The origin of the kettle traces its roots back to ancient civilizations. Around 3500 to 2000 BC, people in Mesopotamia used bronze kettles with fancy spouts. However, the first recorded tea kettle was in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Known as “cha hu,” these early kettles were made of bronze and were used to heat water for preparing tea. 

As trade and exploration expanded, tea and its preparation methods found their way to various regions. In the 17th century, tea drinking became a trend among the British aristocracy, leading to the design of stylish tea kettles made of silver and other precious metals. But as technology advanced, kettles underwent various design changes and improvements. 

In 1891, the Carpenter Electrical Company in the United States created the first electric kettle. It took about 12 minutes to boil water because the elements were in separate chambers. Then, in 1922, The Swan Company made a new electric kettle with a sealed element inside a metal tube in the water chamber. This design boiled water faster and inspired many other companies to start making electric kettles too. 

On April 2, 1889, Charles Coats of Illinois, USA was granted a patent for his invention of the improved tea kettle. The design includes an automatic signal to indicate if the water is already getting low and safe for the user. On November 23, 1915, Jorgen Madsen of New Jersey, US, was granted a patent for his Combined Tea-Kettle and Signal. 

However, Harry Bramson of London is often credited as the inventor of the whistling kettle. Although there are official records about his invention, he was said to have sold his patent rights and went to the US in 1923. The exact mechanism for whistling kettles was not known until the University of Cambridge researchers published their study in 2013.

How do Kettles Whistle? 

The said study was published by the lead author Ross Henrywood in the October 2013 issue of the academic journal, The Physics of Fluids. Henrywood worked under the guidance of his supervisor and a lecturer in aeroacoustics, Dr Anurag Agarwal. The two researchers noted that the mechanism inside the kettle is similar to that of a flute or an organ pipe. 

Henrywood and Dr. Agarwal noted that the sound of a kettle’s whistle has a specific frequency and is determined by its size and shape. The longer the spout, the lower the note it produces. Kettles whistle when the water flows below a certain rate. When the water begins to boil, it creates a different sound, but this sound has a fixed frequency.

World’s Biggest Kettle? 

Meanwhile, a giant kettle in the Philippines could land in Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest kettle. Made of pure steel and GI sheets, the giant takore can be found in Polig’s Berry Farm in Golon Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet, in the northern part of the country. The kettle-shaped coffee shop stands 20 feet tall with a diameter of 24 feet.

Use takore in a sentence. 


Malamig ang panahon, gusto mo ba ng kape? Mainit pa ang tubig sa takore. 


 The weather is cold, do you want coffee? The water in the kettle is still hot.

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