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BIN

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 948 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BIN, a receptacle of various kinds, originally of wicker or basket work. The word appears in most European languages, cf. M.L. and Ital. benna, Ger. Benne, &c.; etymologists trace the word to a root meaning " to plait." It survives in various connexions, e.g. dust-bin, wine-bin (for holding bottles), hop-bin, coal-bin, corn-bin.
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