See also ukaznaia bochka.
(Plural, bochki.) In Russia, after 1720 – 19th century, a unit of capacity for distilled spirits, linseed oil, hempseed oil, etc, = 40 vedra, approximately 491.976 liters (about 130 U.S. gallons). Also romanized as botschka and botchka. The word also means “barrel.”
It was also called the sarokowaja-botschka, sarokowaja or sorokovka.
Some authorities say the bochka was 491.96 liters, which is based on a vedro of 12.299 liters instead of 12.29941 liters.
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