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pitcher1

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
a container, usually with a handle and spout or lip, for holding and pouring liquids.
2.
Botany.
  1. a pitcherlike modification of the leaf of certain plants.
  2. an ascidium.
Origin of pitcher1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English picher < Old French pichier < Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicārium beaker
Related forms
pitcherlike, adjective
Can be confused
picture, pitcher.

pitcher2

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person who pitches.
2.
Baseball. the player who throws the ball to the opposing batter.
3.
Also called number seven iron. Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which has more slope than a mashie but less slope than a pitching niblick.
4.
sett (def 1).
Origin
1700-10; pitch1 + -er1

Pitcher

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
Molly (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine.
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Examples from the Web for pitcher
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  • In a fury she threw the pitcher on the ground and broke it into a hundred pieces.

    Czechoslovak Fairy Tales Parker Fillmore
  • "I kinda fergot it wasn't nothin' but a pitcher," he stammered, apologetically.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Suddenly the Chicago pitcher begins to weaken in the seventh.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • And I wish, for all our sakes, that we had the pitcher here now!

    The Miraculous Pitcher Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A tin "pan" and "pitcher" of water stood near the door, and the table in the middle of the room was covered with oilcloth.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for pitcher

pitcher1

/ˈpɪtʃə/
noun
1.
a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
2.
(botany) any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pichier, from Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicāriumbeaker

pitcher2

/ˈpɪtʃə/
noun
1.
(baseball) the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
2.
a granite stone or sett used in paving
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Word Origin and History for pitcher
n.

"earthen jug," c.1200, from Old French pichier (12c.), altered from bichier, from Medieval Latin bicarium, probably from Greek bikos "earthen vessel" (see beaker). Pitcher-plant is recorded from 1819; so called for its resemblance.

"one who pitches," 1722, agent noun from pitch (v.1). Originally of one tossing hay into a wagon, etc.; baseball sense first recorded 1845.

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pitcher in the Bible

a vessel for containing liquids. In the East pitchers were usually carried on the head or shoulders (Gen. 24:15-20; Judg. 7:16, 19; Mark 14:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with pitcher
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