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pouncet box

[poun-sit] /ˈpaʊn sɪt/
a small perfume box with a perforated lid.
Origin of pouncet box
1590-1600; pounce2 or pounce3 + -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He came with some plea of bringing a pouncet-box from her, but I wager it was as a spy.

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The old eyes brightened o'er the pouncet-box, Remembering loves, and brawls, and mains of cocks.

    King Cole John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for pouncet-box

pouncet box

a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume
Word Origin
C16 pouncet, perhaps alteration of pounced punched, perforated; see pounce1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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