hogshead

[ hawgz-hed, hogz- ]
/ ˈhɔgzˌhɛd, ˈhɒgz- /

noun

a large cask, especially one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters).
any of various units of liquid measure, especially one equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters). Abbreviation: hhd

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Origin of hogshead

1350–1400; Middle English hoggeshed, literally, hog's head; unexplained
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hogshead

/ (ˈhɒɡzˌhɛd) /

noun

a unit of capacity, used esp for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the case of beer and 52.5 imperial gallons in the case of wine
a large cask used for shipment of wines and spirits

Word Origin for hogshead

C14: of obscure origin
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