noun \ˈfər-kən\

Definition of FIRKIN

:  a small wooden vessel or cask
:  any of various British units of capacity usually equal to 14 barrel

Examples of FIRKIN

  1. <the innkeeper opened up a firkin of his special ale for the weary travelers>

Origin of FIRKIN

Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower — more at four
First Known Use: 14th century

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