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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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