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: ME paile < OE pægel, small measure, wine vessel < LL pagella (dim. of L pagina, page), a small page, in VL, a measure of area, later a measure of volume: infl. by OFr paele, a pan < L patella: see patella
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