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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hogshead  \Hogs"head\,  n.  [D.  okshoofd  akin  to  Sw  oxhufvud 
  Dan.  oxehoved  G.  oxhoft  apparently  meaning  orig.,  ox  head, 
  but  it  is  not  known  why  this  name  was  given  Cf  {Ox}, 
  {Head}.] 
  1.  An  English  measure  of  capacity,  containing  63  wine 
  gallons,  or  about  52?  imperial  gallons;  a  half  pipe. 
 
  Note:  The  London  hogshead  of  beer  was  54  beer  gallons,  the 
  London  hogshead  of  ale  was  48  ale  gallons.  Elsewhere  in 
  England  the  ale  and  beer  hogsheads  held  51  gallons. 
  These  measures  are  no  longer  in  use  except  for  cider. 
 
  2.  A  large  cask  or  barrel,  of  indefinite  contents;  esp.  one 
  containing  from  100  to  140  gallons.  [U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hogshead 
  n  1:  a  British  unit  of  capacity  for  alcoholic  beverages 
  2:  a  large  cask  especially  one  holding  63  gals 




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