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DEMIJOHN

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 1 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DEMIJOHN, a glass bottle or jar with a large round body and narrow neck, encased in wicker-work and provided with handles. The word is also used of an earthenware jar, similarly covered with wicker. The capacity of a demijohn varies from two to twelve gallons, but the common size contains five gallons. According to the New English Dictionary the word is an adaptation of a French Dame Jeanne, or Dame Jane, an application of a personal name to an object which is not uncommon; cf. the use of " Toby " for a particular form of jug and the many uses of the name " Jack."
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