from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covered vessel for holding mustard prepared for the table, the cover having an opening for the handle of a mustard-spoon.


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  • “I wonder why the burglar wanted mustard, too,” he went on, taking a mustard-pot from another pocket.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • “Well, well, well!” he exclaimed, in what seemed tremendous surprise; but, even as she spoke, his thoughts were swept away; for he had taken up a mustard-pot and found it empty.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • Mrs. Hussey soon appeared, with a mustard-pot in one hand and a vinegar-cruet in the other, having just broken away from the occupation of attending to the castors, and scolding her little black boy meantime.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • As an instance of the general weariness, it is recorded that a subaltern, during the meal, was asked to pass the mustard, and fell asleep with his arm outstretched and the mustard-pot in his hand.

    The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War With a Description of the Operations in the Aden Hinterland

  • This active principle contains sulphur abundantly, as is proved by the discoloration of a silver spoon when left in the mustard-pot, the black sulphuret of silver being formed.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The fault lies with his inkhorn; the fault lies with his pen, which mistook the mustard-pot for the honey-jar; 'twill be more careful next time.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864

  • The doctor looked up from his contemplation of the mustard-pot, and it seemed to Esther that his dull eyes met and held the young man's shallow hazel ones for an appreciable space of time.


  • At meals in the Legation canteen, when conversation was unavoidable, they stuck to the stock phrases of official terminology, which, in the familiar atmosphere, appeared grotesque and rather uneasy; it was as though, between requests for salt-cellar and mustard-pot, they called out to each other the catch-words of the latest Congress manifesto.

    Darkness At Noon

  • There was always a mustard-pot collector in sight.

    Poor Man's Rock

  • "Say, Folly Bay," Jack called across to the mustard-pot carrier, "what are you paying for bluebacks?"

    Poor Man's Rock


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