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From Middle High German botech, boteche, Old High German botega, potacha (“large barrel”) (9th century). Primarily Upper German, likely loaned from a Late Latin variant of apotheca (“storage room, wine cellar”), in Middle Latin also "barrel, vessel, container", or from Latin butica, Late Latin buttis (“barrel”). The Old High German word was feminine, the masculine genus appears in Middle High German, although some Upper German dialects retain feminine gender (Bavarian bottig f.).
- Böttcher (not directly related)
- Bottich in Duden online