Here are all the forms of “pot”, including searching for it as a verb and checking for “pottery”.  As a vessel for holding liquids or solids, it has both Germanic and Latin roots, but the etymology seems to be uncertain.  Oxford English Dictionary tells us:

The word in the Germanic and Romance languages and in post-classical Latin perhaps ultimately shows a loanword from a pre-Celtic language (perhaps Illyrian or perhaps a non-Indo-European substratal language), although a number of other etymologies have also been suggested.

Welsh pot (15th cent.), Irish pota (1475), and Scottish Gaelic poit are all apparently < (earlier than) English.

Please, fellow scholars, when you are charting and discussing “pot” note that sometimes pots carry food and other times they are for gold.

  • 02.001 Nearly every pot
  • 02.086 So they got a great black pot,
  • 02.113 to pots full of gold coins standing
  • 02.116 So they carried out the pots of coins,
  • 02.117 and carried away the pots of gold,
  • 06.074 Roast ’em alive, or stew them in a pot;
  • 07.126 and red earthenware pots of honey,
  • 12.011 like the noise of a large pot galloping on the fire,


“pot, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 12 May 2016.

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