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Peck

An obsolete Scottish unit of dry volume. For beans, grass seed, peas, rye, salt, and wheat, one peck was approximately equivalent to 9.072 liters. For barley, malt, and oats, however, it was approximately equivalent to 13.229 liters.
References in classic literature ?
Getting my breakfast, of course," murmured the hen, busily pecking away.
Oh, what would have been your amazement on seeing these earthly-winged animals pecking in your lunar fields
I've been longing for some good, honest pecking this half-hour.
While Becky Sharp was on her own wing in the country, hopping on all sorts of twigs, and amid a multiplicity of traps, and pecking up her food quite harmless and successful, Amelia lay snug in her home of Russell Square; if she went into the world, it was under the guidance of the elders; nor did it seem that any evil could befall her or that opulent cheery comfortable home in which she was affectionately sheltered.
Kitty said suddenly, looking at a sparrow that had settled on the step and was pecking at the center of a raspberry.
The hens, in turn, took it out on the little porkers, pecking them when they strayed too far from their mother.