A large glass or plastic bottle, usually encased in a protective basket or crate and often used to hold corrosive liquids.
[Persian qarābah, from Arabic qarrāba, big jug, from qarraba, to bring near, derived stem of qaruba, to be near; see qrb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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