demijohn


demijohn

noun

  1. a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.

noun

  1. a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
n.

1769, partial translation and word-play from French damejeanne (late 17c.) “Lady Jane,” term used for large globular wicker-wrapped bottle, perhaps because its shape suggested a stout woman in the costume of the period. A general Mediterranean word, with forms found in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic.

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