• A small pail, can or ladle with the handle on the side; a lading-can. In the colonial era, some buckets were made like a small barrel, but with one stave left extra long. This stave would be carved into a handle so the bucket could be used as an oversized scoop for scattering grain, slopping the hogs, etc.


  • Origin obscure (possibly Celtic) but dates back at least to the 14th century.
  • Scots; compare Scottish Gaelic pigean, diminutive of pigeadh, pige, Irish pigĂ­n, pighead, Welsh picyn.

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