One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
- ‘The recipe in ‘Proper newe’ calls for eight eggs and a pottle of cream.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A pot or container holding a measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
Middle English (in pottle (sense 1 of the noun)): from Old French potel ‘little pot’, diminutive of pot.
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