from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small box for pills.
  • n. A woman's small hat with upright sides and a flat crown.
  • n. A low-roofed concrete emplacement for a machine gun or antitank gun.

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  • n. A small box in which pills are kept.
  • n. A flat, concrete gun emplacement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small round woman's hat
  • n. a small enclosed gun emplacement (usually of fortified concrete)
  • n. a small case for holding pills


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