a. A fixture, typically one attached upright to a wall, used by men for urinating.
b. A room or other place containing facilities for urinating.
2. A portable receptacle for urine.
[Middle English, chamber pot, from Old French, from Late Latin ūrīnāle, from neuter of ūrīnālis, pertaining to urine, from Latin ūrīna, urine; see URINE.]
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