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In Britain, 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.’

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