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punnet (noun) – (British, Australian) A small basket for fruit, such as strawberries.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : In the ?Cyclops? episode (chapter 12) of Ulysses, there are 33 parodies in exaggerated, sentimental, or pompous styles. The first of these parodies begins ?In Inisfail the fair,? a parody of a poem by the Irish poet James Mangin (1803-49), and contains, among other things, an extravagant list of Irish products: ?? pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows?.?

A punnet is a light, shallow container for fruits or other produce. The word is used in Ireland, England, and Australia but not in America. Its origin is uncertain. Punnet entered English in the 19th century.