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vial

[vahy-uh l, vahyl] /ˈvaɪ əl, vaɪl/
noun
1.
Also, phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids:
a vial of rare perfume; a vial of medicine.
verb (used with object), vialed, vialing or (especially British) vialled, vialling.
2.
to put into or keep in a vial.
Idioms
3.
pour out vials of wrath, to wreak vengeance or express anger:
In her preface she pours out vials of wrath on her detractors.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial
Can be confused
vial, vile, viol.
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  • The investigation began with a vial of blue-green liquid.
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  • He transfers the sample into a vial, which is lifted by a robotic arm into the gas chromatography tower.
British Dictionary definitions for vial

vial

/ˈvaɪəl; vaɪl/
noun
1.
a less common variant of phial
Word Origin
C14: fiole, from Old French, from Old Provençal fiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phialē; see phial
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Word Origin and History for vial
n.

c.1300, variant of fyole (see phial).

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