oilcan etymology

English word oilcan comes from English can, English oil

Detailed word origin of oilcan

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
can English (eng) (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To be possible, usually with be.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective, informal) May; to be permitted or enabled to.. (obsolete, transitive) To know. (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee.. To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.. To shut up.. To discard, scrap or [...]
oil English (eng) (transitive) To grease with oil for cooking.. (transitive) To lubricate with oil. An oil painting.. Liquid fat.. Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.
oilcan English (eng) A container with a long spout, for holding oil and delivering it in drops or small quantities for lubrication.

Words with the same origin as oilcan

Descendants of can
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