Etymology of can
Posted by Johannes on 11 January 2011
Can – word origin.
The word can (cup, vessel, container) comes from the old english canne (a cup, container) from the Germanic kanna, an early borrowing from late Latin canna (container, vessel), from the Latin canna (reed, reed pipe, small boat), from the Greek canna (reed; Gr.: κάννα). See also post 158 (Etymology of cane) here.