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pot (n.1)

"vessel," from late Old English pott and Old French pot "pot, container, mortar" (also in erotic senses), both from a general Low Germanic (Old Frisian pott, Middle Dutch pot) and Romanic word from Vulgar Latin *pottus, of uncertain origin, said by Barnhart and OED to be unconnected to Late Latin potus "drinking cup." Celtic forms are said to be borrowed from English and French.

Slang meaning "large sum of money staked on a bet" is attested from 1823. Pot roast is from 1881; phrase go to pot (16c.) suggests cooking. In phrases, the pot calls the kettle black-arse is from c. 1700; shit or get off the pot is traced by Partridge to Canadian armed forces in World War II.

pot (n.2)

"marijuana," 1938, probably a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya "marijuana leaves."

pot (v.)

"to put in a pot," 1610s, from pot (n.1). Related: Potted; potting. Earlier it meant "to drink from a pot" (1590s).

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Definitions of pot from WordNet
1
pot (n.)
metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid;
pot (n.)
a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination;
Synonyms: toilet / can / commode / crapper / potty / stool / throne
pot (n.)
the quantity contained in a pot;
Synonyms: potful
pot (n.)
a container in which plants are cultivated;
Synonyms: flowerpot
pot (n.)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
Synonyms: batch / deal / flock / good deal / great deal / hatful / heap / lot / mass / mess / mickle / mint / mountain / muckle / passel / peck / pile / plenty / quite a little / raft / sight / slew / spate / stack / tidy sum / wad
pot (n.)
the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker);
Synonyms: jackpot / kitty
pot (n.)
slang for a paunch;
Synonyms: potbelly / bay window / corporation / tummy
pot (n.)
a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets;
Synonyms: potentiometer
pot (n.)
street names for marijuana;
Synonyms: grass / green goddess / dope / weed / gage / sess / sens / smoke / skunk / locoweed / Mary Jane
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pot (v.)
plant in a pot;
He potted the palm
From wordnet.princeton.edu