noun bush·el \ˈb-shəl\

: a unit for measuring an amount of fruit and grain that is equal to about 35.2 liters in the U.S. and to about 36.4 liters in the U.K.

bushels : a large amount of something

Full Definition of BUSHEL

:  any of various units of dry capacity — see weight table
:  a container holding a bushel
:  a large quantity <bushels of money>

Examples of BUSHEL

  1. <picked up a bushel of decorations at the after-Christmas sale>

Origin of BUSHEL

Middle English busshel, from Anglo-French bussel, buschelle, from Old French boisse measure of grain, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish boss breadth of the hand
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to BUSHEL

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, lot, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace


bush·eledbush·el·ing \-sh(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of BUSHEL

bush·el·er \-sh(ə-)lər\ noun

Origin of BUSHEL

probably from German bosseln to do poor work, to patch; akin to Old English bēatan to beat
First Known Use: circa 1877


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