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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.

  2. hogsheadnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hogsheadnoun

    Etymology: hog and head.

    Varro tells, that every jugerum of vines yielded six hundred urns of wine: according to this proportion, our acre should yield fifty-five hogheads, and a little more. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Blow strongly with a pair of bellows into a hogshead, putting into it before that which you would have preserved; and in the instant that you withdraw the bellows, stop the hole. Francis Bacon.

    They flung up one of their largest hogsheads: I drank it off; for it did not hold half a pint. Gulliver’s Travels.

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  1. hogshead

    A hogshead is a large cask or barrel traditionally used for storing and transporting a variety of goods, especially alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, or cider. Its size can vary, but it is generally larger than a barrel and smaller than a tun, typically holding between 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters). The term also refers to a unit of measurement for liquid volumes, particularly in the wine and beer brewing industries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hogsheadnoun

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

  2. Hogsheadnoun

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

  3. 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.]

Wikidata

  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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOGSHEAD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hogshead is ranked #116829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hogshead surname appeared 149 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hogshead.

    99.3% or 148 total occurrences were White.

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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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