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[boo sh-uh l] /ˈbʊʃ əl/
a unit of dry measure containing 4 pecks, equivalent in the U.S. (and formerly in England) to 2150.42 cubic inches or 35.24 liters (Winchester bushel) and in Great Britain to 2219.36 cubic inches or 36.38 liters (Imperial bushel)
Abbreviation: bu., bush.
a container of this capacity.
a unit of weight equal to the weight of a bushel of a given commodity.
a large, unspecified amount or number:
a bushel of kisses.
Origin of bushel1
1250-1300; Middle English bu(i)sshel < Middle French boissel, equivalent to boisse unit of measure (< Gaulish *bostia; compare MIr bas, bos palm of the hand, handbreadth) + -el noun suffix


[boo sh-uh l] /ˈbʊʃ əl/
verb (used with object), busheled, busheling or (especially British) bushelled, bushelling.
to alter or repair (a garment).
1875-80, Americanism; < German bosseln to patch < French bosseler to emboss; see boss2
Related forms
busheler; especially British, busheller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bushel
  • If anyone on the planet does it better, a major light is being hid under a bushel somewhere.
  • Anyone who takes a bushel of drugs based on our say-so must be high.
  • Five years ago the price of peaches was six dollars per bushel.
  • The farmers want more worthless dollars to for a bushel of corn or wheat.
  • There's a hole in the roof and a bushel of ginger drying under an awning.
  • Taxpayers will no longer have to subsidize every bushel of grain or bale of cotton.
  • We also made our way to a local apple orchard and picked a bushel of apples.
  • The leaves and twigs are gathered by the inhabitants and bartered for corn, bushel for bushel.
  • These types were seen as gigantic genetic bushel baskets into which people could be sorted.
  • We are not disposed to hide what light there is under a bushel.
British Dictionary definitions for bushel


a Brit unit of dry or liquid measure equal to 8 Imperial gallons. 1 Imperial bushel is equivalent to 0.036 37 cubic metres
a US unit of dry measure equal to 64 US pints. 1 US bushel is equivalent to 0.035 24 cubic metres
a container with a capacity equal to either of these quantities
(US, informal) a large amount; great deal
hide one's light under a bushel, to conceal one's abilities or good qualities
Word Origin
C14: from Old French boissel, from boisse one sixth of a bushel, of Gaulish origin


verb -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) (US) to alter or mend (a garment)
Derived Forms
busheller, busheler, bushelman, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from German bosseln to do inferior work, patch, from Middle High German bōzeln to beat, from Old High German bōzan
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Word Origin and History for bushel

early 14c., measure of capacity containing four pecks or eight gallons, from Old French boissel "bushel" (13c., Modern French boisseau), probably from boisse, a grain measure based on Gallo-Romance *bostia "handful," from Gaulish *bosta "palm of the hand" (cf. Irish bass, Breton boz "the hollow of the hand"). The exact measure varied from place to place and according to commodity, and since late 14c. it has been used loosely to mean "a large quantity or number."

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