from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pot which holds water for washing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pot or vessel in which anything is washed.
- n. A pot containing melted tin into which the plates are dipped to be coated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel prepared for the washing of anything.
- n. In tin-plate manuf., a pot kept filled with clean bright melted tin, in which each sheet of iron, after it has left the tin-pot and had the superfluous metal removed from it with a hempen brush, receives its final coating of tin.
Moab was a desert kingdom vanquished by the Israelites, and for 'washpot' read 'toilet paper' ... which I guess hadn't been invented.
This may be an ancient gesture from the Middle East; Psalms 60:10, speaking of some of the traditional enemies of Judah, says that "Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe...."
Moving from a paper clip to a buried iron washpot full of coins or an iron safe stuffed with jewels, the principle is the same.
I could see a little of one side of the rusty washpot.
When the group tried to remove the gold-filled washpot—reportedly found with guidance from a smudged waybill—they could not lift it out of the hole because of the weight of the coins inside.
Bob quickly located what appeared to be a depression where the washpot likely had been found in 1907, as indicated on the map drawn in the Old West article.
It added up to an uncannily familiar modus operandi: the cryptically carved beech trees, the location near a river, the geometric formations, the use of an iron washpot to contain the coins.
The raiding party found a large iron washpot filled with hundreds of mid-nineteenth-century U.S. gold coins.
Whether the circular depression was the imprint of the missing second washpot containing the rumored $80,000 in gold coins could never be known.
It was an article from the 1970s that recounted how a family living around Greasy Cove in the early 1900s had recovered a buried iron washpot containing $100,000 in gold coins.5