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cask

[kask, kahsk] /kæsk, kɑsk/
noun
1.
a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
2.
the quantity such a container holds:
wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
3.
to place or store in a cask.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix
Related forms
casklike, adjective
uncask, verb (used with object)
uncasked, adjective
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Examples from the web for casks
  • casks used for ale or beer have shives, spiles and keystones in their openings.
  • Cask ales undergo part of their fermentation process in their containers, called casks.
  • Beer in casks are managed carefully to allow some of the carbonation to escape.
British Dictionary definitions for casks

cask

/kɑːsk/
noun
1.
a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drink: a wine cask
2.
any barrel
3.
the quantity contained in a cask
4.
(Austral) a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
5.
(engineering) another name for flask (sense 6)
Word Origin
C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break
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Word Origin and History for casks

cask

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French casque "cask; helmet," from Spanish casco "skull, cask, helmet," originally "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from Vulgar Latin *quassicare, frequentative of Latin quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.

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