Plural, corves. In England, it appears in 15th century customs records¹ and as a mining term in the 17th century, always with the meaning basket or bucket. It is a container, not a unit.
1. H. S. Cobb, editor.
The Overseas Trade of London. Exchequer Customs Accounts 1480-1.
London Record Society, 1990.
Entry 23, page 7, under “Peter Segir.” Entry 30, page 11, under “John Claisson.”
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