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beaker

[bee-ker] /ˈbi kər/
noun
1.
a large drinking cup or glass with a wide mouth.
2.
contents of a beaker:
consuming a beaker of beer at one gulp.
3.
a flat-bottomed cylindrical container, usually with a pouring lip, especially one used in a laboratory.
adjective
4.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Beaker folk.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; alteration of Middle English biker < Old Norse bikarr < Old Saxon bikeri (compare Old High German bechari, German Becher, Dutch beker) < Latin *bic(c)arium, -ius, of disputed orig. See pitcher1
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British Dictionary definitions for beakers

beaker

/ˈbiːkə/
noun
1.
a cup usually having a wide mouth: a plastic beaker
2.
a cylindrical flat-bottomed container used in laboratories, usually made of glass and having a pouring lip
3.
the amount a beaker holds
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse bikarr; related to Old High German behhāri, Middle Dutch bēker beaker, Greek bikos earthenware jug
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Word Origin and History for beakers

beaker

n.

"open large-mouthed vessel," mid-14c., from Old Norse bikarr or Middle Dutch beker "goblet," probably (with Old Saxon bikeri, Old High German behhari, German Becher) from Medieval Latin bicarium, which itself is probably a diminutive of Greek bikos "earthenware jug, wine jar" (said to be an oriental word, perhaps a borrowing from Syrian buqa "a two-handed vase or jug"). Form assimilated in English to beak.

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beakers in Science
beaker
  (bē'kər)   
A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.
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