Origin of beaker
- Middle English biker Middle Dutch bēker drinking vessel both from Medieval Latin bicārius, bicārium pitcher2
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr (“cup”), from Old Saxon bikeri (“cup”), from Late Latin bīcārium (“wine vat, jug”), of disputed origin. Possibly from Ancient Greek βίκος (bíkos, “earthenware jug, wine jar”), or from Latin bacarium (“wine vat, vase”). Cognate with Dutch beker (“beaker, cup”), German Becher (“beaker, cup, goblet”), Danish bæger (“beaker”), Italian bicchiere (“cup, glass (for drink)”). See also pitcher.