jerrican

noun
jer·​ri·​can | \ ˈjer-ē-ˌkan How to pronounce jerrican (audio) \
variants: or jerry can

Definition of jerrican

: a narrow flat-sided container for liquids usually holding about five U.S. gallons (about 19 liters)

Examples of jerrican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The looming shutdown has prompted chaos, with a run not only on bottled water but also on water tanks and jerricans. Aryn Baker, TIME.com, "What It’s Like to Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis," 8 Feb. 2018 The next best option is to go to one of the city’s natural springs to fill up a jerrican, in an experience that feels like an early rehearsal for what is to come on Day Zero. Aryn Baker, TIME.com, "What It’s Like to Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis," 8 Feb. 2018 The looming shutdown has prompted chaos, with a run not only on bottled water but also on water tanks and jerricans. Aryn Baker, TIME.com, "What It’s Like to Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis," 8 Feb. 2018 The tankers came in a range of sizes; the smallest, pulled by a tractor and holding perhaps a few hundred gallons, looked like a jerrican on wheels next to the 4,000-gallon monsters. Samanth Subramanian, WIRED, "India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next," 2 May 2017 Each one looks very different, with a huge number of custom add-ons: luggage racks, spare wheels, a machine-gun stand, first-aid boxes, spotlights, jerricans, ammo canisters, and on and on and on. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "The Ural Sidecar: A Three-Wheeled Russian Motorcycle That Goes Anywhere You Want," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of jerrican

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jerrican

Jerry + can; from its German design

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“Jerrican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerrican. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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