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firkin (n.)

"small cask," late 14c., apparently from Middle Dutch *vierdekijn, diminutive of vierde, literally "fourth, fourth part" (from vier "four," from PIE root *kwetwer- "four"); so called because it usually is the fourth part of a barrel.

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Definitions of firkin from WordNet

firkin (n.)
a British unit of capacity equal to 9 imperial gallons;
firkin (n.)
a small wooden keg;
From wordnet.princeton.edu