bush·el / ˈboŏshəl/ (abbr.: bu.) •
n. 1. a measure of capacity equal to 64 pints (35.2 liters), used for dry goods. ∎ fig. a large amount: we sold it for a bushel of money.2. a container with the capacity of a bushel: packing oysters into bushel baskets. DERIVATIVES: bush·el·ful n.
, a measure of capacity equal to 8 gallons (equivalent to 36.4 litres), used for corn, fruit, liquids, etc.; in the US, a measure of capacity equal to 64 US pints (equivalent to 35.2 litres), used for dry goods. The word is recorded from Middle English, and comes from Old French boissel
, perhaps ultimately of Gaulish origin.
hide one's light under a bushel keep quiet about one's talents or accomplishments (bushel
here is a vessel used as the measure of a bushel). This originally refers to Matthew 5:15, ‘No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.’
A traditional dry measure of capacity, equivalent to 80 lb of distilled water at 17 °C with a barometer reading of 30 inches, i.e. 8 imperial gallons (36.4 L); used as a measure of corn, potatoes, etc. The American (Winchester) bushel is 3% larger.
The weight of a bushel varies with the product: wheat 27 kg, maize and rye 25 kg, barley 22 kg, paddy rice 20 kg, oats 14.5 kg.
dry measure of capacity. XIV. — OF. boissel
); perh. of Gaul
loosely, a large quantity or number.
Examples: bushel of curled hair on his head, 1718; of girls, 1873; of honours, 1680; of money, 1683; of venom, 1374.