jordan

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See also: Jordan, jordán, Jordán, and Jórdan

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From Latin jurdanus, unattested outside of England and of uncertain etymology. Usually derived from a clipped form of Jordan bottle, supposedly a bottle of curative water brought back from the River Jordan by Crusaders and pilgrims to the Holy Land,[1] but this seems unsupported in its actual attestations. Its use for chamber pots may derive from the alchemical device having been used to hold urine.[2]

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jordan (plural jordans)

  1. (obsolete) A vessel resembling a retort bulb or Florence flask with a truncated neck and flared mouth, used by medieval doctors and alchemists.
  2. (obsolete) A chamber pot.

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  1. ^ jordan in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "jordan, n.¹" Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1901.

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