puncheon

1
[ puhn-chuh n ]
/ ˈpʌn tʃən /

noun

a large cask of varying capacity, but usually 80 gallons (304 liters).
the volume of such a cask, used as a measure.

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Origin of puncheon

1
1425–75; Middle English ponchoun, punchon < Middle French ponçon, perhaps to be identified with puncheon2

Definition for puncheon (2 of 2)

puncheon2
[ puhn-chuh n ]
/ ˈpʌn tʃən /

noun

a heavy slab of timber, roughly dressed, for use as a floorboard.
a short, upright framing timber.
(in goldsmith work)
  1. any of various pointed instruments; a punch.
  2. a stamping tool.

Origin of puncheon

2
1325–75; Middle English ponson, punçon, ponchoun < Middle French ponçon < Latin pūnctiōn- (stem of pūnctiō) a pricking, hence, pricking tool, equivalent to pūnct(us) (past participle of pungere to prick; cf. point) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for puncheon (1 of 2)

puncheon1
/ (ˈpʌntʃən) /

noun

a large cask of variable capacity, usually between 70 and 120 gallons
the volume of such a cask used as a liquid measure

Word Origin for puncheon

C15 poncion, from Old French ponchon, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for puncheon (2 of 2)

puncheon2
/ (ˈpʌntʃən) /

noun

a short wooden post that is used as a vertical strut
a less common name for punch 2 (def. 1)

Word Origin for puncheon

C14 ponson, from Old French ponçon, from Latin punctiō a puncture, from pungere to prick
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