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  • n. a measure of wine or spirit equal to 10 gallons; a barrel of this capacity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid measure in various countries of Europe. The Dutch anker, formerly also used in England, contained about 10 of the old wine gallons, or 81/2 imperial gallons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A simplified spelling of anchor.
  • n. A former spelling of anchor.
  • n. A former spelling of anchor.
  • n. A liquid measure formerly used in England, and still common throughout Germany, Russia, and Denmark, having a capacity varying in different places from 9 to 10⅓ gallons. In Scotland it was equal to 20 Scotch pints. Also spelled anchor.


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  • Also spelled anchor, a small wine barrel once used in Britain and elsewhere in northern Europe to hold wine. A British anker usually held 37.85 liters; a Scottish anker held 20 Scots pints (about 34 liters).

    November 6, 2007