canakin

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Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of can +‎ -kin.

Noun[edit]

canakin (plural canakins)

  1. (archaic) A little can or cup.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, act 2, sc. 3:
      And let me the canakin clink, clink;
      And let me the canakin clink
      A soldier's a man;
      A life's but a span;
      Why, then, let a soldier drink.
      Some wine, boys!
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 84:
      Then, Tashtego, lad, I'd have ye hold a canakin to the jet, and we'd drink round it!

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