a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.
by folk etymology <
apparently special use of proper name
a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
[C18: probably by folk etymology from French
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In the fall, when malaria was prevalent, children were given an occasional toddy from the demijohn always kept in the closet.
Indeed, only stopping ev ery two or three hours to eat several pounds apiece and to smile covetously at the rum demijohn.