Variant of pail
- a more or less cylindrical container, usually with a hoop-shaped handle, for holding and carrying liquids, etc.; bucket
- the amount held by a pailalso pailful
Origin: Middle English paile from Old English pægel, small measure, wine vessel from Late Latin pagella (dim. of Classical Latin pagina, page), a small page, inch(es) VL, a measure of area, later a measure of volume: influenced, influence by Old French paele, a pan from Classical Latin patella: see patella
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