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firkin


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firkin  \Fir"kin\,  n.  [From  AS  fe['o]wer  four  (or  an  allied 
  word  perh.  Dutch  or  Danish)  +  -kin.  See  {Four}.] 
  1.  A  varying  measure  of  capacity,  usually  being  the  fourth 
  part  of  a  barrel;  specifically,  a  measure  equal  to  nine 
  imperial  gallons.  [Eng.] 
 
  2.  A  small  wooden  vessel  or  cask  of  indeterminate  size,  -- 
  used  for  butter,  lard,  etc  [U.S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  firkin 
  n  1:  a  British  unit  of  capacity  equal  to  9  imperial  gallons 
  2:  a  small  wooden  barrel  or  cask 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Firkin 
  Used  only  in  John  2:6;  the  Attic  amphora,  equivalent  to  the 
  Hebrew  bath  (q.v.),  a  measure  for  liquids  containing  about  8  7/8 
  gallons. 
 




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