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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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  • pilch switched on a desk light and looked at her thoughtfully.

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  • She swung her legs off the couch and regarded pilch dubiously.

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

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  • "You'll find yourself getting the knack of it rather quickly," pilch said.

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

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  • "A few," said pilch, passing up the "and besides—" She considered.

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

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

  • 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.

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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