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A saucer is a small type of dishware specifically for use with a cup - a larger cup intended for coffee or a smaller teacup for tea. The saucer has a raised center with a depression sized to fit a mating cup. Its purpose is to catch overflow, splashes, and drips from the cup and so protecting both table linen or a user sitting in a free standing chair, who holds both cup and saucer. The saucer also provides a convenient place to place a damp spoon, as might be used to stir the drink in the cup in order to mix sweetners or creamers into tea or coffee.
Although often part of a place setting in a dinner set, teacups with unique styling are often sold with matching saucers, sometimes alone, or as part of a tea set , including a teapot and small desert plates. A set of four is typical for a tea set.
A Zarf is a kind of saucer that holds a handle-less cup more tightly than a normal saucer. It is particularly useful for holding hot tea or coffee in thin plastic cups, that are otherwise too hot to hold.
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