firkin

firkin

[fur-kin]
noun
1.
a British unit of capacity usually equal to a quarter of a barrel.
2.
a small wooden vessel or tub for butter, lard, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English ferdkyn, firdekyn, equivalent to ferde (variant of ferthe fourth) + -kin -kin

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firkin (ˈfɜːkɪn)
 
n
1.  a small wooden barrel or similar container
2.  (Brit) a unit of capacity equal to nine gallons
 
[C14 fir, from Middle Dutch vierdefourth + -kin]

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firkin
"fourth part of a barrel," 1391, from M.Du. *vierdekijn, dim. of vierde, lit. "fourth, fourth part" (see fourth).
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Firkin definition


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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