bar·​ri·​co | \ bəˈrē(ˌ)kō, British often ˈbrākə \
plural barricoes also barricos

Definition of barrico

: a small cask : keg

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History and Etymology for barrico

perhaps altered from French barrique or Occitan barrica “barrel”

Note: First found in the writings of the soldier and explorer John Smith. The presumption that the word is borrowed from Spanish, found in various references, runs against the fact that Spanish barrica, “barrel,” is not attested before 1639.

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“Barrico.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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