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[kos-truh l, kaw-struh l]
  1. a flask made of leather, earthenware, or wood, usually with an ear or ears by which to suspend it, as from the waist.
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Origin of costrel

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French costerel, equivalent to costier worn at the side (< Vulgar Latin *costārius; see costa, -ary) + -el diminutive suffix
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  • Costrel, kos′trel, n. a kind of bottle with ears, to be hung at the waist.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for costrel


  1. obsolete a flask, usually of earthenware or leather
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French costerel, from coste side, rib, from Latin costa
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