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1. A small can or cup.
2. A small wooden bucket.

[Dutch kanneken (from Middle Dutch cannekijn, diminutive of canne, can) and Flemish cannikin, diminutive of cann, can.]
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(ˈkænɪkɪn) ,




a small can, esp one used as a drinking vessel
[C16: from Middle Dutch kanneken; see can2, -kin]
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(ˈkæn ɪ kɪn)

a small can or drinking cup.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cannikin - a wooden bucket
bucket, pail - a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
2.cannikin - a small can
can, tin can, tin - airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
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Under that, the miscellany began--a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch and some other trinkets of little value and mostly of foreign make, a pair of compasses mounted with brass, and five or six curious West Indian shells.