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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Old English pægel, a unit of measurement for liquids

pail

noun
     
pail
Related topics: Household
pail [countable] especially American English
1DH a metal or wooden container with a handle, used for carrying liquids [= bucket]:
a milk pail
pail of
a pail of water
2 also pailfulDH the amount of liquid a pail will hold

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