[ 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 formscar·boyed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carboy


/ (ˈkɑːˌbɔɪ) /


a large glass or plastic bottle, usually protected by a basket or box, used for containing corrosive liquids such as acids

Word Origin for carboy

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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