bushel

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noun

bush·​el ˈbu̇-shəl How to pronounce bushel (audio)
1
: any of various units of dry capacity see Weights and Measures Table
2
: a container holding a bushel
3
: a large quantity
bushels of money

bushel

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verb

busheled; busheling ˈbu̇-sh(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce bushel (audio)
busheler noun

Examples of bushel in a Sentence

Noun picked up a bushel of decorations at the after-Christmas sale
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On the farm Gevo has been working with farmers to monitor how climate-smart agriculture practices affect emissions and distill the impact into a carbon intensity score, a number that reflects how much carbon is emitted per bushel of corn produced. Karina Atkins, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2024 Take the example of corn: Before plant breeding, roughly 20 to 30 bushels were grown on an acre of land. John Kell, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2024 Equally, that same firm might run a dozen different billing systems, a handful of identity management software products, a small bushel of HR solutions and certainly more than one database. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Available by the bushel, bag, or bulb, many types of onions are among the most affordable, sturdy, and versatile stars of the produce aisle. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Nov. 2023 Vendors pile bushels of lotus flowers onto their three-wheeled rickshaws and motorcycles. Chris Wallace, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 Spy bushels of apples and squash; clothes hanging to dry; and teeny-tiny coffee pots. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 There are bushels of pop culture references in the six episodes critics received, along with plenty of violence, a number of penises and more than one twist. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 Penguins morphed to Harlequins ferried by the bushel to and from the Strand. Jane Shore, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

probably from German bosseln to do poor work, to patch; akin to Old English bēatan to beat

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bushel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bushel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushel. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bushel

noun
bush·​el
ˈbu̇sh-əl
1
: any of various units of dry capacity see measure
2
: a container holding a bushel
3
: a large quantity

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