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[pilch] /pɪltʃ/
an infant's wrapper worn over a diaper.
Origin of pilch
before 1000; Middle English pilche a kind of outer garment, Old English pylece < Medieval Latin pellicia a furred garment, Latin pellicea, feminine of pelliceus of skins, hides, derivative of pellis a skin Unabridged
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  • "A few," said pilch, passing up the "and besides—" She considered.

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  • pilch's slim fingers tapped the surface of the table between them.

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  • pilch sat down at the desk and invited Trigger to make herself comfortable on the couch.

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  • pilch shaded her eyes and looked at the sequoia's crown far above them.

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  • "Here's what our investigators had the last time," pilch said.

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  • In the fourteenth century the leading name is pilch, derived from peluche, the French for "plush."

  • Coles has 'a pilch for a saddle, instratum,' which explains that it was an external covering, and probably of leather.

  • pilch was silent for some moments again, considering the wall-screen as if thinking about something connected with it.

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  • I asked for Mr. pilch, and was conducted into a private room.

  • "Don't blame you at all," pilch said, sounding almost exactly like Commissioner Tate.

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British Dictionary definitions for pilch


noun (Brit, archaic)
an outer garment, originally one made of skin
an infant's outer wrapping, worn over the napkin
Word Origin
C17: from Old English pylce a garment made of skin and fur, from Late Latin pellicia, from Latin pellis fur
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