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pouncet box

[poun-sit] /ˈpaʊn sɪt/
noun
1.
a small perfume box with a perforated lid.
Origin of pouncet box
1590-1600
1590-1600; pounce2 or pounce3 + -et
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  • As to the coming of the agate and the pouncet box, the minds of the boys were very hazy.

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  • On the contrary, he resembles rather the warrior with the pouncet box.

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British Dictionary definitions for pouncet box

pouncet box

/ˈpaʊnsɪt/
noun
1.
a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume
Word Origin
C16 pouncet, perhaps alteration of pounced punched, perforated; see pounce1
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