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Friday, July 27, 2018

Definitions for punnet

  1. British, Australian. a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.

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Citations for punnet
Next time you buy strawberries take a look a good look in the punnet. Do the berries still have the stem attached or has it been plucked off leaving only the green hat of leaves called the calyx? Lucy Hooker, "The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't," BBC, May 25, 2018
We've each got a cardboard tray with twenty-five punnets in, and our job's to fill each punnet with ripe strawberries, or nearly ripe. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, 2014
Origin of punnet
1815-1825
In the “Cyclops” episode (chapter 12) of Ulysses, there are 33 parodies in exaggerated, sentimental, or pompous styles. The first of these parodies begins “In Inisfail the fair,” a parody of a poem by the Irish poet James Mangin (1803-49), and contains, among other things, an extravagant list of Irish products: “… pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows….” A punnet is a light, shallow container for fruits or other produce. The word is used in Ireland, England, and Australia but not in America. Its origin is uncertain. Punnet entered English in the 19th century.