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  • The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
    The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hogshead a large cask especially one holding 63 gals
    • n hogshead a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hogshead A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
    • Hogshead An English measure of capacity, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 521/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hogshead A large cask for liquors, etc.
    • n hogshead Specifically— A cask having the definite capacity of 63 old wine-gallons, 54 beer-gallons, etc. See def. 2.
    • n hogshead A cask having a capacity of from 100 to 140 gallons: as, a hogshead of sugar, molasses, or tobacco.
    • n hogshead A liquid measure containing 63 old wine-gallons (equal to 52½ imperial gallons), this value having been fixed by an English statute of 1423. The hogshead of molasses was made 100 gallons by a statute of 22 Geo. II. Formerly the London hogshead of beer was 54 beer-gallons, the London hogshead of ale was 48 ale-gallons, and the ale- and beer-hogshead for the rest of England was 51 gallons. Other hogsheads, for cider, oats, lime, tobacco, etc., have had local acceptance. See hogsheadweight. Abbreviated hhd.
    • n hogshead A draught, as of wine or ale, taken from a cup which forms the head or cover of a jug in the shape of a hog. See Sussex pig, under pig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hogshead hogz′hed (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.
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  • Charles Lamb
    “Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Old Dut. okshoofd, ox-head; from the brand on the cask.


In literature:

As we were going ashore in the gig we caught sight of a huge bull, as large as a hogshead, which was floating on the surface.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
A pretty degree of knighthood, sir, is that which can be bought with sugar-hogsheads!
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
When you want to see M. "Hogshead" Geoffroy, your procedure is simplicity itself.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Around its edge were ranged hogsheads or water-casks, evidently empty.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
But, then, it was discovered that the hogsheads had been larger this year than the preceding!
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Two hogsheads won't go so far with a whole brigade.
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Henry Fisk Carlton
And can you hire the sun to shine by the day, or order the rain by the hogshead?
"Seven Miles to Arden" by Ruth Sawyer
Its body resembles a huge hogshead perched on four short, stumpy legs.
"Harper's Young People, March 16, 1880" by Various
There were bags of corn, barrels of sugar, hogsheads of molasses, tierces of bacon, broken open and trodden into the mud.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
When in hospital, chance had given him Hogshead Geoffrey for bed-neighbour.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
This may be repeated two or three times the same day, and the ham may be taken out of the hogshead the next morning.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
A hogshead was accordingly filled and rolled behind the door of the kitchen, which adjoined the dwelling house.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The jar here means a big affair about half the size of a hogshead: I bathed in one this morning.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
They were two enormous hogsheads, ten feet high and six broad.
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
Some laborers were camping in old hogsheads.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Which of us would thrive on milk at the rate of a pint to five hogsheads of water?
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
In another minute it must stamp out Victor Nelson's life beneath feet as large as hogsheads.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
They presented Radisson with a hogshead of claret.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
He first tried his machine with only two pounds of powder on a hogshead loaded with stones.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
The voice proceeded from an empty molasses hogshead, into which Johnny had jumped, during the melee, for safety.
"The History and Records of the Elephant Club" by Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks

In poetry:

Hatched with a claret hogshead to swig
He kings it, navel-knit to no groan,
But at the price of a pin-stitched skin
Fish-tailed girls purchase each white leg.
"Maudlin" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Oprah Radio host Dr Laura Berman talks with Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate, about how to captivate someone in nine seconds.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Preston Hogshead Gilmer .
Modesty versus marketing While Muslim women are making some gains in pushing for modest dress to be permitted, there is a simultaneous push in the opposite direction from marketing and sports promoters, said Hogshead-Maker of the WSF.
While at the 2012 NAR real estate conference, attend these educational sessions from Sally Hogshead and Disney Institute.
In 1827 a ship carrying some 300 giant hogsheads—a hogshead is a cask containing 56 imperial gallons or 63 US gallons—was wrecked in the Irish Sea, bound for India.
SALLY HOGSHEAD Keynote Speaker, Author, and Chief Fascination Officer at Fascinate, Inc Sally creates fascinating ideas, whipsmart research, and passionate action— all shaken and stirred with a tangy slap of inspiration.