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firkin

[ fur-kin ]
/ ˈfɜr kɪn /
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noun
a British unit of capacity usually equal to a quarter of a barrel.
a small wooden vessel or tub for butter, lard, etc.
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Origin of firkin

1400–50; late Middle English ferdkyn, firdekyn, equivalent to ferde (variant of ferthefourth) + -kin-kin
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British Dictionary definitions for firkin

firkin
/ (ˈfɜːkɪn) /

noun
a small wooden barrel or similar container
British a unit of capacity equal to nine gallons

Word Origin for firkin

C14 fir, from Middle Dutch vierde fourth + -kin
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