A pail is a technical term, used in the shipping industry, to designate a type of cylindrical shipping container with a capacity of about 1 to 12 gal (3 to 50 L). It can have straight or slanted sides and usually has a handle or bail.
Pails can be made of
Pails are either "open head" with removable lids (covers) or are "tight head" with sealed heads and a screw closure.
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