from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pharmacology A gallon.
- n. An ancient Roman measure for liquids, equal to about seven eighths of a U.S. gallon (3.3 liters).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancient Roman liquid measure, being six sextarii or one eighth of an amphora; also used as a weight measure during the reign of Vespasian, being the weight of that volume of water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A liquid measure containing about three quarts.
- n. A gallon, or four quarts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A measure of capacity among the ancient Romans, the eighth part of the amphora.
- n. In pharmacy, a gallon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
Middle English, a liquid measure, from Latin, from Greek konkhion, diminutive of konkhē, konkhos, shellful.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)