Bushel Definition

bo͝oshəl
bushel, bushels
noun
bushels
A unit of dry measure for grain, fruit, etc., equal to 32 dry quarts or 4 pecks (35.2384 dry liters or 1.2445 cubic feet): abbrev. bu.
Webster's New World
A unit of volume or capacity in the British Imperial System, used in dry and liquid measure and equal to 2,219.36 cubic inches or 36.37 liters.
American Heritage
A container holding one bushel.
Webster's New World
A weight taken as the equivalent of one bushel.
Webster's New World
A large amount Abbrev. bu.
Webster's New World
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verb
bushel
To repair, renovate, or alter (esp. garments)
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Bushel

Noun

Singular:
bushel
Plural:
bushels

Origin of Bushel

  • Probably from German bosseln to do odd jobs alteration (perhaps influenced by bosseln to emboss) of basteln to rig up, mend probably from Bast bast fiber (used to make rope) from Middle High German bast from Old High German

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via French boisseau, from Old French boissel, from boisse, a grain measure based on Vulgar Latin (Gallic dialect) *bostia (“handful”), from Gaulish *bosta (“palm of the hand”); see also Breton boz (“hollow of the hand”) and Old Irish bass.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman bussel variant of Old French boissiel from boisse one sixth of a bushel of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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