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- n. A tin can (containing two or three quarts) used for taking hot water out of a boiler; a piggin.
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Take a pail, half-filled with ova, and then fill up with water, and with a small lading-can lift some of the water out, and pour it back again, so as to cause a downward current, which will agitate the ova.
Hurriedly taking off her bodice, she crouched at the boiler while the water ran slowly into her lading-can.