a milk carton

A "carton" is a container made out of thick paper. The most common kind of carton is a milk carton, which is a tall rectangular box with a triangular top. Other things that come in cartons include:

  • eggs
  • orange juice
  • chinese food
  • cigarettes (There are multiple packs of cigarettes in one carton.)
  • beer (6 bottles of beer fit in one carton. Larger containers for beer are called "cases".)

These are all different shapes, but all classified as "cartons".

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