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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kilderkin an obsolete British unit of capacity equal to 18 Imperial gallons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kilderkin A small barrel; an old liquid measure containing eighteen English beer gallons, or nearly twenty-two gallons, United States measure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kilderkin A measure of capacity, half a barrel or 2 firkins. Exceptionally— Of soap or ale, 18 United States (old wine) gallons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kilderkin kil′dėr-kin a small barrel: a liquid measure of 18 gallons.
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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
OD. kindeken, kinneken, a small barrel, orig., a little child, fr. kind, child; akin to G. kind, and to E. kin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. kindeken, kinneken (Scot. kinken), dim. of Dut. kind, a child.


In literature:

Devil a drop have you left in the great kilderkin.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Do you know Friar Claude of the high kilderkins?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Whether in any foreign market, twopence advance in a kilderkin of corn could greatly affect our trade?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
Do you know Friar Claude of the high kilderkins?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Ods-kilderkins, said Panurge, it seems then we are within two fingers' breadth of damnation.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
A tun of man in thy large bulk is writ, But sure thou'rt but a kilderkin of wit.
"English Satires" by Various
A tun of man in thy large bulk is writ, But sure thou art but a kilderkin of wit.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various