A liquid measure, used esp. of honey. The actual capacity was variable - 24 and 23 ounces are recorded. As a dry measure, it was used of grain; 12 bushels in later Middle Ages. [< Lat. sextarius = one sixth; in Roman measures, one sixth of a bucket (*congius)]. -

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  • Sextary — [sextar] A measure equivalent to six pints. Some of those who lived in the king s household were entitled to a daily measure of wine, usually a sextary or proportions thereof. The chancellor, for example, was permitted one sextary of clear wine a …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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