- a chamber pot.
Origin of po
1875–80; probably < French pot (de chambre) chamber pot
- a river in Italy, flowing E from the Alps in the NW to the Adriatic. 418 miles (669 km) long.
- put-out; put-outs.
- (in prescriptions) by mouth.
Origin of p.o.
From the Latin word per ōs
- parole officer.
- petty officer.
- postal (money) order.
- post office.
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Examples from the Web for po
Asked if he knew the names of the newborn quadruplets, Merritt recalled two: gi—a karate outfit—and po—a chamber pot.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
The variant of malaria prevalent in Northern malarial zones like the Po Valley was enfeebling, but not lethal.David's Book Club: The Conquest of Malaria
July 31, 2012
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, is almost aggressively anti-advice.Parenting for Smarties
John Douglas Marshall
September 29, 2009
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Childrenby Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Precious parenting myths debunked.The Daily Beast Recommends
The Daily Beast
September 1, 2009
Hey, you big Yank, you jest let that po' little conscrip' go!
You po' dears, yo're hero-ines, now, and hencefo'th fo'evehmo'!
But in that case, what should they be doing this side of Po?
Beyond the Po they too had been awaiting the salvo of artillery that should be their signal to advance.
The Pope has already issued an order to Durando not to pass the Po.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- British an informal word for chamber pot
C19: from pot 1
- a river in N Italy, rising in the Cottian Alps and flowing northeast to Turin, then east to the Adriatic: the longest river in Italy. Length: 652 km (405 miles)Latin name: Padus
- Post Office
- Personnel Officer
- petty officer
- Pilot Officer
- Also: p.o. postal order
Word Origin and History for po
large river in northern Italy, from Latin Padus, a name of Celtic origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The symbol for the elementpolonium
- The symbol for polonium.
- A very rare, naturally radioactive, silvery-gray or black metalloid element. It is produced in extremely small amounts by the radioactive decay of radium or the bombardment of bismuth or lead with neutrons. Atomic number 84; melting point 254°C; boiling point 962°C; specific gravity 9.20; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table.
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