a large barrel
or cask holding
from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters)
any of various units of liquid measure, esp. one equal
to 63 gallons or 521⁄2
imperial gallons (238 liters)
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Word origin of 'hogshead'ME hoggeshede, lit., hog's head: reason for name uncert.