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anker

n.

also anchor, liquid measure in North Sea and Baltic trade, early 14c., from Dutch, related to German Anker, Swedish ankare, Medieval Latin anceria "keg, vat," of unknown origin. That of Rotterdam, once used in England, equaled 10 old wine or 8.5 imperial gallons.

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  • I have an anker newly come, which never paid the King a groat.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What say ye if we run back with a fair wind and broach that anker of Nants?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • From time to time the crazy anker would come to ask after Master Andres.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Then anker repeated his visit, and had something else to show.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • The pitiful thing about anker was that he was such a good craftsman.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • anker himself paid no attention to them, but went his own way.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • And the crazy anker is there too; but does not come in, as he is shy of strangers.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • anker was the boss of the business—and a proper coyote he was.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • What he could have been if he'd listened to mother instead of anker!

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • Well, he met young Mr. anker, as I was saying, and asked him what ailed him.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips

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