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pouncet box

[poun-sit] /ˈpaʊn sɪt/
a small perfume box with a perforated lid.
Origin of pouncet box
1590-1600; pounce2 or pounce3 + -et Unabridged
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  • On the contrary, he resembles rather the warrior with the pouncet box.

    Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell
  • As to the coming of the agate and the pouncet box, the minds of the boys were very hazy.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for pouncet box

pouncet box

a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume
Word Origin
C16 pouncet, perhaps alteration of pounced punched, perforated; see pounce1
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