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watering can

a container for water, typically of metal or plastic and having a spout with a perforated nozzle, for watering or sprinkling plants, flowers, etc.
Also called watering pot, sprinkling can.
Origin of watering can
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She put down the watering-can and laughingly took it from her head.

  • The man dropped his watering-can, and approached, hat in hand.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • This Wig was a Dwarf with a very large head, and he carried a watering-can, out of which he perpetually drank a few drops.

    The City Curious Jean de Bosschre
  • After a search J—— is found in a flannel shirt in his garden with a watering-can.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • Take your watering-can, shouted Pedro in disgust; I will not listen to your nonsense!

    Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others
  • He was partly hidden by a derelict bicycle and a watering-can.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
  • On the morning of the great day Jeremy poured the contents of his watering-can upon Aunt Amy's head.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • "Yes," continued the Dwarf, looking anxiously into the bottom of his watering-can.

    The City Curious Jean de Bosschre
  • The watering-can should be emptied and turned upside down to dry.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • The girl gave a cry, and the watering-can fell from her hands.

    The Yellow Rose Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for watering-can

watering can

a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle used to sprinkle water over plants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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