Butt (unit)

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The butt was a measure of liquid volume equalling two hogsheads. This equated to 108 imperial gallons (490 l) for ale or 126 imperial gallons (570 l) for wine (also known as a pipe), although the Oxford English Dictionary notes that "these standards were not always precisely adhered to".[1][2]

The butt is one in a series of English wine cask units, being half of a tun.

It has also been asserted that a butt was used as a unit of volume for dry measure in the United Kingdom, equivalent to 108 litres (24 imp gal; 29 US gal).[3]

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  1. ^ "Butt, n.2". Oxford English Dictionary. 
  2. ^ Ciphering made easy, or, An attempt to render simple and interesting the first four rules of arithmetic. 1833. p. 84. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.