canister shot


a small box or jar, often one of a kitchen set, for holding tea, coffee, flour, and sugar.
Also called canister shot. case shot.
the part of a gas mask containing the neutralizing substances through which poisoned air is filtered.

1670–80; < Latin canistrum wicker basket < Greek kánastron, derivative of kánna reed (see cane), with -astron, variant of -tron suffix of instrument (probably from verbal derivatives, as stégastron covering, from stegázein to cover) Unabridged

case shot

a collection of small projectiles in a case, to be fired from a cannon.
Also called canister, canister shot.

1665–75 Unabridged
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canister (ˈkænɪstə)
1.  a container, usually made of metal, in which dry food, such as tea or coffee, is stored
2.  formerly
 a.  a type of shrapnel shell for firing from a cannon
 b.  canister shot, Also called: case shot the shot or shrapnel packed inside this
[C17: from Latin canistrum basket woven from reeds, from Greek kanastron, from kanna reed, cane1]

case shot
another name for canister

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "basket," from L. canistrum "wicker basket" for bread, fruit, flowers, etc., from Gk. kanystron "basket made from reed," from kanna (see cane). It came to mean "metal receptacle" (1711) through influence of can (n.). With a sense of canister shot, it is attested from 1801.
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