Is this a tub, a box, a bottle? Or is there a better word for it?

container in question

Unfortunately, the product page at tesco.com doesn't say what the tablets come in - only that frying information isn't applicable... ;-)

  • Chewable pills or powder I guess, you can't chew liquid. Nov 24, 2016 at 10:45
  • Perhaps prescription bottle
    – user178049
    Nov 24, 2016 at 13:36
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    In the US pills generally come in "bottles". "boxes" are usually made of some kind of paper product (usually cardboard). "tubs" are bathtub shaped containers with a flat top.
    – user3169
    Nov 25, 2016 at 6:13

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Seeing as it's medicinal in nature, I'd say it was a bottle, or more specifically, a pill bottle.

If it were a liquid medicine on the other hand, I'd refer to it as a vial.

If I were to be more generic, I'd simply refer to it as a container.

Edit: This is a container for another, similar Tesco supplement (in this case it's a multivitamin container)

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The manufacturer refers to the container as a bottle.

  • It doesn't look like a vial ))) A vial is typically made of glass and contains liquid. Nov 24, 2016 at 10:41
  • I agree. That's why I added the qualifier "if it were a liquid medicine..."
    – mike
    Nov 24, 2016 at 10:42
  • In Canadian English I would call this a plastic bottle, no matter what was in it.
    – CCTO
    Dec 30, 2020 at 21:13

To me (Russian) it's definitely a 'can', not a 'bottle' or a 'tub'.

Here's how a can of medicine or pills looks like

But if we speak about medicine it could really be a pill bottle, pharmacy bottle, or a pill container.

That's what a Pill Bottle, Pharmacy Bottle or a Pill Container looks like

It could also be a jar, maybe. Plastic jar. I don't agree with vial, even a plastic one, since I haven't found any images of a vial looking something similar to the given image.

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    As it comes from a UK shop, we definitely wouldn't call it a can, bottle sounds most correct to me. But of course it will differ in other English speaking countries.
    – user42526
    Nov 24, 2016 at 11:41
  • @JamesP I think Russian-English. I've seen many images of cans and canned products to say that this looks exactly like a can. But it's also definitely a pill bottle or a pharmacy bottle or a pill container. Nov 24, 2016 at 11:47
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    Maybe a can of Pringles But a can of potato chips (UK crisps) is usually lined with that metal looking stuff. Canned sardines, meat, soups etc are metal containers. Plastic is not the same.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24, 2016 at 13:14
  • Yes, "can" would be wrong. Mar 19, 2017 at 0:37

In a pharmacy this bottle holds medication such as tablets and capsules and they are called amber bottles.

  • Amber refers to the colour, a dark browny red shade. And this type of bottle is nearly always made of glass, the picture in the question is clearly a different colour bottle made of plastic.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 1, 2020 at 0:09

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