[kask, kahsk]
a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
to place or store in a cask.

1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix

casklike, adjective
uncask, verb (used with object)
uncasked, adjective
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cask (kɑːsk)
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
[C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break]

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Word Origin & History

1458, from M.Fr. casque "cask, helmet," from Sp. casco "skull, cask, helmet," orig. "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from V.L. *quassicare, freq. of L. quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.
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