imperial bushel (2)



  • A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts.
  • A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure.
  • A quantity that fills a bushel measure.
  • A large indefinite quantity.
  • The iron lining in the nave of a wheel.



  • From Middle English busshel, from Old French boissel, from boisse, a grain measure based on Gaulish *bostyā ("handful"), from Proto-Celtic *bostā ("palm, fist") (compare Breton boz ("hollow of the hand"), Old Irish bas), from Proto-Indo-European *gwost-, *gwosdʰ-.

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