Definition of bushel in English:

bushel

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

noun

  • 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.
    More 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.

Phrases

hide one's light under a bushel

see hide1.

Derivatives

bushelful

noun (plural bushelfuls)
More 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.

Origin

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

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