- n. Plural form of kilderkin.
“In order to ensure having good wholesome beer, it is necessary to calculate your brewing at the rate of two bushels of malt and two pounds of hops to fifty-four gallons of water; these proportions, well managed, will produce three kilderkins of good beer.”
“The few kilderkins of beer which are drunk by the common folk make little difference one way or the other.”
“There were hogsheads of corned beef, barrels of salt pork, tubs of hams being salted in brine, tonnekens of salt shad and mackerel, firkins of butter, kegs of pigs 'feet, tubs of souse, kilderkins of lard.”
“Two kilderkins, or strikes, make a measure called a barrel, liquid, and a coomb, dry; this last term being ancient and little used.”
“Ods-kilderkins, said Panurge, it seems then we are within two fingers 'breadth of damnation.”
“Ods-kilderkins, said Panurge, it seems then we are within two fingers’ breadth of damnation.”
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