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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊʃ(ə)l
(abbreviation: bu.)

Definition of bushel in English:


1British A measure of capacity equal to 8 gallons (equivalent to 36.4 litres), used for corn, fruit, liquids, etc.
2US A measure of capacity equal to 64 US pints (equivalent to 35.2 litres), used for dry goods.
Example sentences
  • Agronomist Roger Elmore, Ph.D., and his colleagues calculated those losses equal to about 3 bushels per acre.
  • The 1798 daybook also shows that, as the old Dutch traditions faded, wheat was measured in bushels rather than schepels.
  • New acres coming into production equal more potential bushels, which equal more subsidy dollars.


Middle English: from Old French boissel, perhaps of Gaulish origin.


hide one's light under a bushel

see hide1.



noun (plural bushelfuls)
Example sentences
  • And someone had tried the same thing with putting sand into bushelfuls of wheat just the previous autumn.
  • I'll remember Horace as a true original, unhybridized, a bushelful of contradictions: stubborn but sentimental, steely and twinkly, old-school formal but startlingly earthy.
  • Michelle has been known to eat fresh peas by the proverbial bushelful.

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