bokaal, noun

Forms:
bocal, bokalShow more Also bocal, bokal, bokhal.
Plurals:
bokaals, bokaalen.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, beaker.
A large goblet, often decoratively engraved and sometimes lidded, used for drinking toasts and (occasionally) as a loving cup.
[1827 G. Thompson Trav. 118Even..the richest, and most polished class of Cape Dutch gentry, are still but too frequently disgraced by hard drinking and riotous mirth — and the pokaalie cup..too often drowns both reason and refinement.]
1870 S.R.N. in Cape Monthly Mag. I. Nov. 306One of the principal guests rises and holding in his hand a ‘bokhal’ filled to the brim.
1904 Cape Times Christmas No. 15 (Pettman)One hour later we were in the old voorhuis together drinking bokals and making the rafters ring with song and tale and laughter.
1910 D. Fairbridge That Which Hath Been (1913) 81The glou-glou of the wine as they poured it into the bokaal at each guest’s elbow.
1927 C.G. Botha Social Life in Cape Col. 41Before the guests rose from the table the health of the family was drunk by passing round a large ‘bokaal,’ or loving cup, which seldom held less than a pint...This large drinking glass made of the finest glass or crystal, was often beautifully engraved and had some appropriate motto or verse.
1951 D. Heller In Search of VOC Glass 74Types of V.O.C. glasses said to be genuine consist of goblets (bokalen) and baluster and/or knopped-stem wineglasses.
1966 M. Kuttel Hildegonda Duckitt’s Bk of Recipes 2At Groot Constantia there would be great dinners in the enormous diningroom, with bokaals of fine wine making the round to toast after toast.
1973 S. Afr. Panorama Oct. 19Another beautiful item in the collection is an extremely rare Dutch East India Company ‘bokaal’ or goblet. The bowl has been finely engraved on the wheel.
A large goblet, often decoratively engraved and sometimes lidded, used for drinking toasts and (occasionally) as a loving cup.

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