Noggin (cup)

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A noggin is a small drinking cup, generally carved from the burr (English) or burl (US) of a tree. The noggin was first mentioned in the mid 17th century, initially as the cup, and later coming to mean a quarter gill. Its use later spread to North America.

The cup's origins are not certain, but are probably from nog (a strong type of ale brewed in Norfolk, England).[1] The noggin then became a noigin (Irish) or noigean (Gaelic).[2]

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  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. "Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Maven's Word of the Day". Words@Random. Random House. 14 August 2000. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 

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