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cooperage

[koo-per-ij, koo p-er-] /ˈku pər ɪdʒ, ˈkʊp ər-/
noun
1.
the work or business of a cooper.
2.
the place where such work is carried on.
3.
articles made by a cooper, as barrels or casks.
4.
the price paid or charged for coopers' work.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See cooper, -age
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Examples from the web for cooperage
  • Once the oak is seasoned, it goes to a factory called a cooperage to be made into barrels.
  • Sometimes his pieces resemble hybrids of basketry and cooperage.
  • As in white oak, the wood provides tight cooperage and was once widely used in making barrels and kegs.
  • Logging or occupations in the operations of any sawmill, lathe mill, shingle mill or cooperage.
British Dictionary definitions for cooperage

cooperage

/ˈkuːpərɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Also called coopery. the craft, place of work, or products of a cooper
2.
the labour fee charged by a cooper
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Encyclopedia Article for cooperage

barrel

large, bulging cylindrical container of sturdy construction traditionally made from wooden staves and wooden or metal hoops. The term is also a unit of volume measure, specifically 31 gallons of a fermented or distilled beverage, or 42 gallons of a petroleum product. According to the 1st-century-AD Roman historian Pliny the Elder, the ancient craft of barrel making, also called cooperage, was invented by the inhabitants of the Alpine valleys.

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