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[kahr-boi] /ˈkɑr bɔɪ/
a large glass bottle protected by basketwork or a wooden box, used especially for holding corrosive liquids.
Origin of carboy
1705-15; < Persian qarāba(h) < Arabic qarrābah big jug
Related forms
carboyed, adjective Unabridged
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  • "I did not think they were quite so bold as this," said Dr. carboy.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • "It is a very foolish movement on their part," added Dr. carboy.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • "We will all be pious for a day or two, till carboy closes his eyes," said Little.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • "It is all up with us," said Mr. carboy, the mate, as he dropped the halyard.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • "Mr. carboy," he said in a voice that needed roughage badly.

    The Man Who Played to Lose Laurence Mark Janifer
  • "I know'd it all along," affirmed Judge carboy that night to his familiars.

    The Galaxy Various
  • You won't make any use of it to my detriment at Kenge and carboy's or elsewhere.

    Bleak House

    Charles Dickens
  • If any particle of organic matter falls into a carboy of acid, it is decomposed, and imparts a dark color to the liquid.

  • carboy, a general term in most parts of the world for a very large glass or earthenware bottle.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for carboy


a large glass or plastic bottle, usually protected by a basket or box, used for containing corrosive liquids such as acids
Word Origin
C18: from Persian qarāba
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Word Origin and History for carboy

"large globular bottle covered with basketwork," 1753, probably ultimately from Persian qarabah "large flagon."

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