burthen

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Noun[edit]

burthen (plural burthens)

  1. (obsolete, nautical) The tonnage of a ship based on the number of tuns of wine that it could carry in its holds.
  2. Archaic spelling of burden.

Verb[edit]

burthen (third-person singular simple present burthens, present participle burthening, simple past and past participle burthened)

  1. Archaic spelling of burden.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island:
      The other men were variously burthened; some carrying picks and shovels - for that had been the very first necessary they brought ashore from the Hispaniola - others laden with pork, bread, and brandy for the midday meal.

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