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Word of the Day: Punnet

punnet \PUHN-it\, noun:

a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.

The Flip is among Chobani’s latest innovations: flavored yogurt paired with a punnet of fruit or dry ingredients.
– Rebecca Mead, “Just Add Sugar,” The New Yorker, Nov. 4, 2013

I was selling strawberries for ten pence a punnet, less than half the cost, for jam. And they complain.
– Doris Lessing, The Diaries of Jane Somers, 1984

Punnet is of unknown origin. It arose in the early 1800s.