A small wooden barrel or covered vessel.
Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about14 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).
A small, wooden tub for butter, lard, etc.
A unit of capacity equal to14 barrel.
(UK) A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons. [Eng.]
(US) A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, -- used for butter, lard, etc.
A weight measure for butter, equalling 56 pounds.
Origin of firkin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle Dutch *vierdekijn, diminutive of vierde (“fourth”), from vier (“four”), equivalent to fourth + -kin.