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  • n. a lightweight pot for cooking or boiling water, used in camping.


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  • Or the evening when a Peshawari nightwatchman shared his billycan of sweet milky tea with me while I waited for the telegraph office to telex copy.

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  • I added enough water to make a stiff paste and stirred thoroughly, then shaped the resulting green goo into cookies and placed them on a billycan lid to “bake” in the sun.

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  • Slice the vegetables using a Leatherman or Swiss army knife; place them carefully in a billycan and add lots of water.

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  • He pushed a few twigs into the embers of the previous night's fire, then rummaged in his small emergency pack for the last of his tea bags while Sapper placed the smoke-blackened billycan back on the burgeoning flames.

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  • A deft tap with the parang split the coconut in two perfect halves and spilled the milk into a billycan.

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  • Peter Marlowe carried a billycan filled with scraps of leaves that had been foraged.

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  • I filled our largest billycan, holding about a gallon, slung it over the fire and added, as the wood burnt down, charcoal, till the top was covered to a depth of two inches.

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