kilderkin

kilderkin

[kil-der-kin]
noun
1.
a unit of capacity, usually equal to half a barrel or two firkins.
2.
an English unit of capacity, equal to 18 imperial gallons (82 liters).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, dissimilated variant of kinderkin < Middle Dutch, equivalent to kinder (≪ Arabic qinṭār quintal) + -kin -kin

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kilderkin (ˈkɪldəkɪn)
 
n
1.  an obsolete unit of liquid capacity equal to 16 or 18 Imperial gallons or of dry capacity equal to 16 or 18 wine gallons
2.  a cask capable of holding a kilderkin
 
[C14: from Middle Dutch kindekijn, from kintal hundredweight, from Medieval Latin quintale; see kentledge]

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