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Do You Call It a Bowl or a Dish?

Sometimes I call it a bowl, other times a dish – what do you call the receptacle for your pets' food and water? I simply can't decide and often see the products labeled as one or another — technically a dish is "a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food" and a bowl is "a round vessel that is open at the top; used chiefly for holding food or liquids," so either word can work . . . right?

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Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I use both terms interchangeably, but I mostly think of them as "those things I dump so much food into, that are empty 5 minutes after I've filled them, and then the cats won't shut up until I've filled them again."
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
They're bowls until it's time to wash them. Then they turn into dishes. XD
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
i call them bowls, water and food, although the food is really a dish not a bowl, its a three compartment serving dish thingy. my cats dont like to share but i wasnt gunna get two bowls, or dishes. but the water is a bowl, two actually, oh that makes sense the thing that i only need one of i have two and the thing i should have two of it one . . . i do call their platters for their wet food treats dishes. those are actually dishes, they are little ceramic sandwich trays. oh this is so confusing . . . now im going to be thinking of this all night.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
I dont call it either she has an automatic feeder thingy so there is no need to refer to it I just say she needs food or tell her go eat and she does
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