- a unit of capacity, usually equal to half a barrel or two firkins.
- an English unit of capacity, equal to 18 imperial gallons (82 liters).
Origin of kilderkin
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We have adopted it as kilderkin, but have doubled its capacity.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Kilderkin, kil′dėr-kin, n. a small barrel: a liquid measure of 18 gallons.
- an obsolete unit of liquid capacity equal to 16 or 18 Imperial gallons or of dry capacity equal to 16 or 18 wine gallons
- a cask capable of holding a kilderkin
C14: from Middle Dutch kindekijn, from kintal hundredweight, from Medieval Latin quintale; see kentledge