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firkin

[fur-kin] /ˈfɜr kɪn/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English ferdkyn, firdekyn, equivalent to ferde (variant of ferthe fourth) + -kin -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for firkin

firkin

/ˈfɜːkɪn/
noun
1.
a small wooden barrel or similar container
2.
(Brit) a unit of capacity equal to nine gallons
Word Origin
C14 fir, from Middle Dutch vierdefourth + -kin
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Word Origin and History for firkin
n.

"small cask, fourth part of a barrel," late 14c., apparently from Middle Dutch *vierdekijn, diminutive of vierde, literally "fourth, fourth part" (see fourth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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firkin in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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