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stinkpot

[stingk-pot]
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noun
  1. Also called stinkball. a jar containing combustibles or other materials that generate offensive and suffocating vapors, formerly used in warfare.
  2. Informal. a stinker; meany.
  3. a common musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus, of the eastern and southern U.S., that sometimes climbs trees along the water's edge.
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Origin of stinkpot

First recorded in 1655–65; stink + pot1
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Historical Examples of stinkpot

  • Not long ago an effective weapon called "stinkpot" was in use.

    Seven Legs Across the Seas

    Samuel Murray

  • "Stinkpot" she called it, when acknowledging foul elements in the composition and the harm it did to the unskilful balist.

  • But in some degree it was merely a development of the "stinkpot" which the Chinese have employed for years.

    Aircraft and Submarines

    Willis J. Abbot.


British Dictionary definitions for stinkpot

stinkpot

noun
  1. slang a person or thing that stinks
  2. slang a person considered to be unpleasant
  3. another name for musk turtle
  4. Also called: stink ball military (formerly) a container filled with material that gives off noxious or suffocating vapours
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