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A vessel of wood or tin, etc, usually cylindrical and having a bail, used especially. For carrying liquids, as water or milk, etc.; a bucket. It may, or may not, have a cover.

Origin: OE. Paile, AS. Paegel a wine vessel, a pail, akin to D. & G. Pegel a watermark, a gauge rod, a measure of wine, Dan. Paegel half a pint.