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What is a chaldron?

What is a chaldron? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (archaic) An old English dry measure, containing four quarters. At London, 36 bushels heaped up, or its equivalent weight, and more than twice as much at Newcastle. Now used exclusively for coal and coke.
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The rest we intend to sell, we having above ten chaldron between us.
Called up by people come to deliver in ten chaldron of coals, brought in one of our prizes from Newcastle.
One chaldron of Newcastle coal weighs from 2850 to upwards of 2978lb.
This afternoon came my great store of Coles in, being to chaldron, so that I may see how long they will last me.
Let your sauce be chaldron for a Swan, and serve it in saucers.
In the United States the chaldron is ordinarily 2,940 lbs, but at New York it is 2,500 lbs.

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