One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
- ‘The bird was then pounded in a mortar, distilled with a lot of sack - a pottle was half a gallon, or four pints - and the milk.’
- ‘In 1639 an English consumer paid one penny for a pottle of milk.’
- ‘The recipe in ‘Proper newe’ calls for eight eggs and a pottle of cream.’
- 1.1 A pot or container holding a measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
2A small conical punnet for strawberries or other fruit.
- ‘In this case, Herbert is carrying a pottle of strawberries, so the basket reference is probably the correct one.’
- ‘When you purchase a pottle take care, disreputable vendors often stuff the bottom with paper or overripe berries.’
- 2.1NZ A small plastic or cardboard food container.‘a pottle of apricot yogurt’
- ‘Had she not been confronted with it even once during the course of the day, selling countless dozens of pottles?’
- ‘No chance, this was a pottle of yoghurt, New Zealand-style, and entirely different from the fermented milk sold across the ditch.’
- ‘We gave up and bought little ice cream pottles at the service station.’
- ‘Once I move a little way away from the fresh produce, however, and into the cans, bottles, pottles, plastics, and packets, ‘buying local’ becomes much more difficult.’
- ‘As I dry the last of the ex-takeaway plastic pottles, I'm entranced by the effort required to eat without hands.’
- ‘Possibly earlier if an additional 6.3 million pottles of yoghurt are eaten for breakfast.’
- ‘Her talent for cosmetic embellishment and reinvention extended far beyond pottles of skin cream.’
Middle English (in pottle (sense 1 of the noun)): from Old French potel ‘little pot’, diminutive of pot.
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