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Noun hogshead has 2 senses
  1. hogshead - a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages
    --1 is a kind of
    British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit
    --1 has parts: barrel, bbl
  2. hogshead - a large cask especially one holding 63 gals
    --2 is a kind of
    barrel, cask

Definitions from the Web



A hogshead is a large cask or barrel used for storing or transporting various commodities, typically liquids such as wine or liquor. It is a unit of measurement primarily used for trade and commerce.

Senses and Usages


1. A large barrel:

A hogshead is a cylindrical container with bulging sides, commonly made of wood, used for holding and aging alcoholic beverages, oils, or other liquids.

Example: She purchased a hogshead of whisky to stock her cellar.

2. A unit of measure:

In the context of trade, a hogshead is a unit of measurement equivalent to varying volumes depending on the specific commodity being measured, such as wine, ale, or fish.

Example: The wine was shipped in hogsheads, each containing 63 gallons.

3. A large amount or quantity:

Informally, hogshead can also refer to a large quantity or a substantial amount of something.

Example: He had a hogshead of bills to pay after his extravagant vacation.

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