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A small perfume box with a perforated top.
[Perhaps alteration of *pounced-box, from pounce.]
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a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume
[C16 pouncet, perhaps alteration of pounced punched, perforated; see pounce1]
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poun′cet box`(ˈpaʊn sɪt)
a small perfume box with a perforated lid.
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