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  • n. A shallow drinking bowl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shallow drinking bowl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of drinking-vessel.
  • n. A low menial of either sex. Ford's Fancies, i. 3, note.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Have that book, c_b. Thanks.

    September 8, 2008

  • *waves his wand and permits reesetee to have any colour bowl he wants*

    September 8, 2008

  • Well, that's just me making a wild guess based on 10-year-old (at least), very minimal study of eighteenth-century pottery. There was a kind of cheap pottery—redware? cheaply-glazed stoneware?—that was dark brown. (Perhaps origins of "Little Brown Jug" as well?)

    I found this site which offers a history of American pottery, which I didn't read terribly thoroughly. Also there's a great (if mostly unrelated) book called The Arcanum, the one by Janet Gleeson (not the novelist Thomas Wheeler), if you're that into the subject. :)

    September 8, 2008

  • Oh, that makes sense. I was wondering why the definition would include a specific color, but the pottery thing may explain that.

    September 8, 2008

  • I guess. *shrugs*

    OED lists 1 definition as: "A shallow kind of drinking-vessel." No brown mentioned. And 2 as: "A pander." Both are obsolete; the first is of northern dialect as well.

    Possibly it's a certain kind of cheap pottery, which would have made it consistently colored.

    September 8, 2008

  • It has to be brown, huh?

    September 8, 2008

  • "A shallow brown drinking bowl."

    September 7, 2008