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1. A pot or drinking vessel with a capacity of 2.0 quarts (1.9 liters).
2. The liquid contained in this type of pot or drinking vessel.
3. An old English liquid measure equal to 2.0 quarts (1.9 liters).

[Middle English potel, from Old French, from pot, pot; see potiche.]


1. (Units) archaic a liquid measure equal to half a gallon
2. (Cookery) NZ a plastic or cardboard container for foods such as yoghurt, fruit salad, or cottage cheese
[C14: potel, from Old French: a small pot1]
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Noun1.pottle - a pot that holds 2 quarts
pot - metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
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Good Cook, I love thee well, and thou shalt have a good pottle of our master's best wine every day, for thou art an old and faithful servant.
Then he took the pottle of sack, and said he, "Now, good fellow, I swear by all that is bright, that thou art the stoutest companion at eating that ever I had.
Then the Cook took another draught from the pottle, and, clearing his throat, sang right sweetly:
Now, by my faith," cried the Cook, as he rattled the pottle against the sideboard, "I like that same song hugely, and eke the motive of it, which lieth like a sweet kernel in a hazelnut"
Will you pe take de odder pottle, or ave you pe got zober yet and come to your zenzes?
He had a paper-bag under each arm and a pottle of strawberries in one hand, and was out of breath.
Potations, pottle deep, again went round; never did beverage excite greater glee, or meet with more rapturous commendation.
They were obliged to join him in his "prosnics" or carousals, and to drink "potations pottle deep.
For, coz, since all thoughts are things, you have but to think a pair of herrings, and then conjure up a pottle of milk wherewith to wash them down.
In Wormwood Scrubs, with CND campaigners Michael Randle and Pat Pottle, and petty criminal Sean Bourke, he planned one of the most audacious escapes ever.
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NYT Syn dicate Leaning over the handlebars with one knee up on the seat, Derrick Pottle commanded his snowmobile between rocks and sheets of gray sea ice before stopping suddenly at the mouth of a bay.