What does the word firkin mean?

Usage examples for firkin

  1. 2. Also, when the ship beginneth to lade, you shall be ready aboard with your book to enter such goods as shall be brought aboard to be laden for the company, packed or unpacked, taking the marks and numbers of every pack, fardell, truss, or packet, coronoya, chest, vat, butt, pipe, puncheon, whole barrel, half barrel, firkin, or other cask, maunde, or basket, or any other thing which may or shall be packed by any other manner of way or device. – The Discovery of Muscovy etc. by Richard Hakluyt
  2. Without warning Big Pete seized a heavy butter firkin and threw it squarely at the clerk's head. – Far Past the Frontier by James A. Braden
  3. There's Patrick, my brother, way over in Ireland- the last time I saw him I wasn't taller than that butter firkin. – Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends by Fanny Fern