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pot-hole

[cf. Brit, dial. idem, a pit in the ground OED; see quot. for folk etym.] n. a deep, cylin­drical hole in rock, about a foot across: 1905 When these [banana holes] are about the size of a flower pot they are known as "pot-holes". These pot-holes are filled with rich soil and in them the pineapple plant is cultivated (Shattuck 14). (Gen.)

Tags: agriculture, folk etymology, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-21 18:48
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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