beaker

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr ‎(cup), from Old Saxon bikeri ‎(cup), from Late Latin bīcārium ‎(wine vat, jug), of disputed origin. Possibly from Ancient Greek βίκος ‎(bíkos, earthenware jug, wine jar), or from Latin bacarium ‎(wine vat, vase). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Bieker ‎(mug, cup, beaker), Dutch beker ‎(beaker, cup), German Becher ‎(beaker, cup, goblet), Danish bæger ‎(beaker), Italian bicchiere ‎(cup, glass (for drink)). See also pitcher.

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beaker ‎(plural beakers)

  1. A flat-bottomed vessel, with a lip, used as a laboratory container.
  2. A drinking vessel without a handle, sometimes for the use of children.
  3. A mug.
  4. (slang, Antarctica) A scientist.
    • 2008, Kim Stanley Robinson, Antarctica (page 52)
      [] at every meal break he shambled into the galley black-fingered and smelling of engine-grease and concrete floors, to contemplate over his meal the beakers at their round tables chatting away, completely oblivious []

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  • (drinking vessel without a handle): glass (2nd definition)

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