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cran

noun
  1. a unit of capacity used for measuring fresh herring, equal to 37.5 gallons

Word Origin

C18: of uncertain origin
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Historical Examples

  • "Tak the cutter's freight at a hundre' cran, an' I'm no caring," said Christie.

    Christie Johnstone

    Charles Reade

  • Cran, kran, n. a measure of capacity in Scotland for herrings when just taken out of the net.