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jerrycan

Syllabification: jer·ry·can
Pronunciation: /ˈjerēˌkan
 
/
(also jerry can, jerrican)

Definition of jerrycan in English:

noun

A large, flat-sided metal container for storing or transporting liquids, typically gasoline or water.
Example sentences
  • Children and adults, including elderly men and women, filled jerricans and other containers with water.
  • En route to a hotel, we handed out sparkling new cooking pots and jerrycans to bemused beggars.
  • When he completed the program and came back here the parents gave him a jerrycan full of petrol.

Origin

World War II: from Jerry 'a German' (probably an alteration of German) + can2, because such containers were first used in Germany.

Words that rhyme with jerrycan

billycan • oilcan

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