Hogshead meaning

hôgzhĕd, hŏgz-
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Any of various units of volume or capacity ranging from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters), especially a unit of capacity used in liquid measure in the United States equal to 63 gallons (238 liters).
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A large barrel or cask with this capacity.
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A large barrel or cask holding from 63 to 140 gallons (c. 238.5 to c. 530 liters)
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Any of various units of liquid measure, esp. one equal to 63 gallons or c. 52.5 imperial gallons (c. 238.5 liters)
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An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52 1/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
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A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; especially one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
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Origin of hogshead

  • From Middle English hoggeshed (literally, “hog's head”). More at hog, head. Often borrowed into other languages as "ox-head".

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