vedro [Russian. ведро ]

(Plural, vedra.) In Russia, ? – 19th century, the basic unit of liquid capacity, used for distilled spirits, linseed oil, hempseed oil, etc, about 12.29941 liters (about 3.25 U.S. gallons).¹ link to a chart showing relationships between Russian units of liquid capacity Also romanized as wedro. The word also means “bucket.”

The vedro was defined by a ukase in 1819 as the volume of 30 imperial pounds of distilled water at a temperature of 13 1/3 degrees Reamur, or 750.57 cubic inches. This definition was repeated in the ukase of 11 October 1835.

Toward the end of the 19th century it was defined as the mass of 30 funty of pure water at 16 2/3 °C.

A vedro vodki = 20 butylki.

1. CIPM.
Procès-verbaux. (1897)

Page 155.


Vodka is sold in bottles containing one-fourth, one-twentieth [a butylki], one-fortieth, one one-hundredth, and one-two hundredths of a vedro (vedro = 2.70 gallons).

John H. Snodgrass.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages in Russia.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
Daily Consular and Trade Reports.
Nos. 75-151; Volume 2; April, May and June 1913.
Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1913.
Page 223. Report 85, April 12, 1913.

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