quartern


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quartern \Quar"tern\, n. [OE. quarteroun, quartron, F.
   quarteron, the fourth part of a pound, or of a hundred; cf.
   L. quartarius a fourth part, quarter of any measure,
   quartern, gill. See Quarter, and cf. Quarteron,
   Quadroon.]
   1. A quarter. Specifically:
      (a) The fourth part of a pint; a gill.
      (b) The fourth part of a peck, or of a stone (14 ibs.).
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   2. A loaf of bread weighing about four pounds; -- called also
      quartern loaf. --Simmonds.
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