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Hogshead

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Hógshead. n.s. [hog and head.]

  1. A measure of liquids containing sixty gallons.

    Varro tells, that every jugerum of vines yielded six hundred urns of wine: according to this proportion, our acre should yield fifty-five hogsheads, and a little more. Arbuthnot on Coins.

  2. Any large barrel.

    Blow strongly with a pair of bellows into a hogshead, putting into it before that which you would have preserved; and in the instant that you withdraw the bellows, stop the hole. Bacon.

    They flung up one of their largest hogsheads: I drank it off; for it did not hold half a pint. Gulliver's Travels.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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