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pail

[peyl] /peɪl/
noun
1.
2.
the amount filling a pail.
Origin of pail
1000
before 1000; Middle English payle wooden container, continuing Old English pægel wine container, liquid measure (of unknown orig.; compare Middle Dutch, Low German pegel half pint), by association with Old French paielle pan < Latin patella; see patella
Can be confused
pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale)
Regional variation note
1. See bucket.
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pail

/peɪl/
noun
1.
a bucket, esp one made of wood or metal
2.
Also called pailful. the quantity that fills a pail
Word Origin
Old English pægel; compare Catalan paella frying pan, paella
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Word Origin and History for pail
n.

mid-14c., of uncertain origin, probably from Old French paele, paelle "cooking or frying pan, warming pan;" also a liquid measure, from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, platter," diminutive of patina "broad shallow pan, stewpan" (see pan (n.)).

Old English had pægel "wine vessel," but etymology does not support a connection. This Old English word possibly is from Medieval Latin pagella "a measure," from Latin pagella "column," diminutive of pagina (see page (n.1)).

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pail

noun

The stomach (1950s+ Black)


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