Firkin meaning

fûrkĭn
A small wooden barrel or covered vessel.
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Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about14 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).
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A small, wooden tub for butter, lard, etc.
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A unit of capacity equal to14 barrel.
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(UK) A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons. [Eng.]
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(US) A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, -- used for butter, lard, etc.
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A weight measure for butter, equalling 56 pounds.
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Origin of firkin

  • Middle English ferken, ferdekin probably from Middle Dutch verdelkijn diminutive of veerdel one-fourth veerde fourth kwetwer- in Indo-European roots deel part dail- in Indo-European roots

    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.

    From Wiktionary