from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large glass or plastic bottle, usually encased in a protective basket or crate and often used to hold corrosive liquids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large, globular glass bottle, especially one of green glass, encased in basket work or in a box and used to hold corrosive liquids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large, globular glass bottle, esp. one of green glass, inclosed in basket work or in a box, for protection; -- used commonly for carrying corrosive liquids; as sulphuric acid, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A demijohn.
  • n. A large globular bottle of green glass, protected by an outside covering consisting either of basketwork or of a wooden box: used chiefly for containing certain acids (such as vitriol or sulphuric acid) and other highly corrosive liquids likely to act chemically upon stoneware.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large bottle for holding corrosive liquids; usually cushioned in a special container


Persian qarābah, from Arabic qarrāba, big jug, from qarraba, to bring near, derived stem of qaruba, to be near; see qrb in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian قرابه (qarrâbeh, qarrâbah). (Wiktionary)


  • · A secondary fermenter - often referred to as the carboy, this should be a glass bottle that can hold at least 1-5 gallons.


  • And even as the liquid flew through the air I knew it for what it was -- undiluted sulphuric acid, two gallons of it from the carboy.


  • And when, this morning, I saw the steward struggling with a five-gallon carboy of sulphuric acid, I never dreamed the use he intended for it.


  • I threw in a package of champagne yeast, air-locked the carboy, and left it.


  • Patrick opened a filing cabinet drawer and removed a full bottle: 200ml beakers made great glasses, there was a carboy of distilled water, and every laboratory had an ice machine.

    Naked Cruelty

  • I left the shop with flaked maize, Briess 6-row pale malted barley, Briess flaked rye, Weyermann rye malt, a 3-gallon carboy, three packets of Pasteur Champagne yeast, a hydrometer, and a thermometer.


  • The photo at right is next-to-last step, siphoning the cooled-down brew into a 7-gallon glass carboy.

    Boing Boing

  • You should SELL that,' says Rowe, who currently has a 5-gallon glass carboy of dark spiced mead fermenting on her kitchen counter.

    Not Just For Renaissance Fairs: Mead Producers Triple In 10 Years

  • I lifted the image of the beer in a carboy from Homebrew Underground

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Racked our latest wine into the carboy (a wild-berry Shiraz, which is going to rock), and started another batch of the mango wine (since it's disappearing rapidly!).

    May 10th, 2006


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  • OE suggests it's after the Persian qarabah. what an eggcorn!

    May 18, 2009

  • "He corked his valuable flask, observed that he had a couple of carboys of it in the store from which it must be refilled, and went on..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 56

    February 27, 2008