Fir"kin (?), n. [From AS. feower four (or an allied word, perh. Dutch or Danish) + -kin. See Four.]

1.

A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons.

[Eng.]

2.

A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, -- used for butter, lard, etc.

[U.S.]

 

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