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Bas"ket, n. Etym: [Of unknown origin. The modern Celtic words seem to be from the English.]

1. A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. "Rude baskets . . . woven of the flexile willow." Dyer.

2. The contents of a basket; as much as a basket contains; as, a basket of peaches.

3. (Arch.)

Defn: The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital. [Improperly so used.] Gwilt.

4. The two back seats facing one another on the outside of a stagecoach. [Eng.] Goldsmith. Basket fish (Zoöl.), an ophiuran of the genus Astrophyton, having the arms much branched. See Astrophyton.

-- Basket hilt, a hilt with a covering wrought like basketwork to protect the hand. Hudibras. Hence, Baskethilted, a.

-- Basket work, work consisting of plaited osiers or twigs.

-- Basket worm (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect of the genus Thyridopteryx and allied genera, esp. T. ephemeræformis. The larva makes and carries about a bag or basket-like case of silk and twigs, which it afterwards hangs up to shelter the pupa and wingless adult females.

Bas"ket, v. t.

Defn: To put into a basket. [R.]

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Basket - There are five different Hebrew words so rendered in the Authorized Version:
(1.) A basket (Heb. sal , a twig or osier) for holding bread (Genesis 40:16; Exodus 29:3, Exodus 29:23; Leviticus 8:2, Leviticus 8:26, Leviticus 8:31; Numbers 6:15, Numbers 6:17, Numbers 6:19). Sometimes baskets were made of twigs peeled; their manufacture was a recognized trade among the Hebrews.
(2.) That used (Heb. salsilloth' ) in gathering grapes (Jeremiah 6:9).
(3.) That in which the first fruits of the harvest were presented, Heb. tene , (Deuteronomy 26:2, Deuteronomy 26:4). It was also used for household purposes. In form it tapered downwards like that called corbis by the Romans.
(4.) A basket (Heb. kelub ) having a lid, resembling a bird-cage. It was made of leaves or rushes. The name is also applied to fruit-baskets (Amos 8:1, Amos 8:2).
(5.) A basket (Heb. dud ) for carrying figs (Jeremiah 24:2), also clay to the brick-yard (R.V., Psalms 81:6), and bulky articles (2 Kings 10:7). This word is also rendered in the Authorized Version "kettle" (1 Samuel 2:14), "caldron" (2 Chronicles 35:13), "seething-pot" (Job 41:20). In the New Testament mention is made of the basket (Gr. kophinos , small "wicker-basket") for the "fragments" in the miracle recorded Mark 6:43, and in that recorded Matthew 15:37 (Gr. spuris , large "rope-basket"); also of the basket in which Paul escaped (Acts 9:25, Gr. spuris ; 2 Corinthians 11:33, Gr. sargane , "basket of plaited cords").

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