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 for mailbox
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mailbox \mail"box`\ n.
     1. A public box for deposit of mail, where it is later picked
        up by the postal authority for delivery.
  
     Syn: postbox, letter box.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. A private box to recieve delivery of mail. The term is
        used both for boxes receiving mail delivered by the public
        postal authority, or by a private services, such as for
        mail to employees in large corporations.
  
     Syn: letter box.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
  
     3. (Computers) A location within a computer storage device
        where electronic mail is held until it is retrieved by the
        addressee. Creation and use of an electronic mailbox
        requires special software as well as a data storage
        device.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mailbox
      n 1: a private box for delivery of mail [syn: mailbox, letter
           box]
      2: public box for deposit of mail [syn: postbox, mailbox,
         letter box]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  mailbox
  
     1.  A file belonging to a particular user on a
     particular computer in which received electronic mail
     messages are stored ready for the user to read them.  A
     mailbox may be just an electronic mail address to which
     messages are sent and may not actually correspond to a file if
     the messages are processed automatically, e.g. a mail server
     or mailing list.
  
     2.  A destination for interprocess messages in a
     message passing system.  A mailbox is a message queue,
     usually stored in the memory of the processor on which the
     receiving process is running.  Primitives are provided for
     sending a message to a named mailbox and for reading messages
     from a mailbox.
  
     (1994-10-20)
  

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