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ˈhɔgzˌhɛd, ˈhɒgz-hogshead

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hogsheadnoun

    a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages

  2. hogsheadnoun

    a large cask especially one holding 63 gals

Wiktionary

  1. hogsheadnoun

    An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52 1/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.

    Etymology: From hoggeshed. More at hog, head. Often borrowed into other languages as "ox-head".

  2. hogsheadnoun

    A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; especially one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.

    Etymology: From hoggeshed. More at hog, head. Often borrowed into other languages as "ox-head".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hogsheadnoun

    an English measure of capacity, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52/ imperial gallons; a half pipe

    Etymology: [D. okshoofd; akin to Sw. oxhufvud, Dan. oxehoved, G. oxhoft; apparently meaning orig., ox head, but it is not known why this name was given. Cf. Ox, Head.]

  2. Hogsheadnoun

    a large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons

    Etymology: [D. okshoofd; akin to Sw. oxhufvud, Dan. oxehoved, G. oxhoft; apparently meaning orig., ox head, but it is not known why this name was given. Cf. Ox, Head.]

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  1. Hogshead

    A hogshead is a large cask of liquid. More specifically, it refers to a specified volume, measured in either imperial or US customary, primarily applied to alcoholic beverages such as wine, ale, or cider. A tobacco hogshead was used in American colonial times to transport and store tobacco. It was a very large wooden barrel. A standardized hogshead measured 48 inches long and 30 inches in diameter at the head. Fully packed with tobacco, it weighed about 1,000 pounds. A wine hogshead contains about 300 L. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that the hogshead was first standardized by an act of Parliament in 1423, though the standards continued to vary by locality and content. For example, the OED cites an 1897 edition of Whitaker's Almanack, which specified the number of gallons of wine in a hogshead varying by type of wine: claret 46 imperial gallons, port 57 imperial gallons, sherry 54 imperial gallons; and Madeira 46 imperial gallons. The American Heritage Dictionary claims that a hogshead can consist of anything from 62.5 to 140 US gallons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hogshead

    hogz′hed, n. (Shak.) a large cask: a measure of capacity=52½ imperial gallons, or 63 old wine gallons; of beer=54 gallons; of claret=46 gallons; of tobacco (U.S.), varying from 750 to 1200 lb. [Corr. of Old Dut. okshoofd, ox-head; from the brand on the cask.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hogshead in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hogshead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hogshead in a Sentence

  1. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire help to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

  2. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

  3. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead one drop of water helps to swell the ocean a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

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