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 for canister
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Canister \Can"is*ter\ (k[a^]n"[i^]s*t[~e]r), n. [L. canistrum a
     basket woven from reeds Gr. ?, fr. ka`nh, ka`nna reed; cf. F.
     canistre. See Cane, and Canaster.]
     1. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A small box or case for holding tea, coffee, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Mil.) A kind of case shot for cannon, in which a number
        of lead or iron balls in layers are inclosed in a case
        fitting the gun; -- called also canister shot.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  canister
      n 1: a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition
           in a firearm [syn: case shot, canister, canister
           shot]
      2: metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
         [syn: canister, cannister, tin]

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