- Lit. 'a small bushel'. This term was used in some manorial accounts for what was actually a half bushel. It was the same measure as a *skep. [< Lat. parvus = small + bussellus = a bushel]
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Skep — Dry measure in the 13c equivalent to a half *bushel. There were eight skeps in a *quarter, though the bushel was the unit most frequently used. The skep itself was orig. a basket which came to hold half a bushel. The Latin form of skep is eskippa … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases