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a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.
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Origin of punch bowl
First recorded in 1685–95
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How to use punch bowl in a sentence
We caught the second band in that little punchbowl place about a mile this side of Zortolk's Old Fort.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
Another fight took place at Punchbowl Hill, in the rear of Honolulu, lasting an hour, though with little loss.Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)|Charles Morris
Three sherds of a very large punchbowl are decorated in red and blue.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
In the evening, about a dozen young people took a moonlight walk up Punchbowl, the extinct volcano just back of Honolulu.Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California|Mary Evarts Anderson
“Ter-r-r-r-rattle,” and part of the big China punchbowl covered.Christmas Penny Readings|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for punch bowl
/ (ˈpʌntʃˌbəʊl) /
a large bowl for serving punch, lemonade, etc, usually with a ladle and often having small drinking glasses hooked around the rim
British a bowl-shaped depression in the land
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